Crowns and Bridges
Sometimes it is necessary to repair or replace a tooth in order to maintain your oral health.
If your tooth needs repair, in some cases, we will recommend a dental filling, while for others he may recommend a crown. This all depends on how decayed, damaged, or injured your tooth is.
Crowns are typically recommended in these situations:
- Your tooth has been treated with root canal therapy and needs to be strengthened.
- Your tooth is broken, cracked, or fractured.
- You have lost a large filling and there’s not enough tooth structure left to support a new filling.
- Your tooth needs cosmetic repairs to treat problems such as chipping or discoloration.
- Your tooth has large amounts of decay that a filling can’t repair.
What Is a Dental Crown?
When your tooth sustains heavy decay, a deep crack or fracture, trauma, or an infection, a dental crown is needed to restore its health and strength. A crown is designed to match your tooth structure and color so that it blends seamlessly with your smile and functions the way your natural tooth did.
A crown fits over the remaining structure of your tooth, so it protects your natural root. You will be able to eat, talk, brush, and floss as you were used to doing with your natural tooth.
Completing a Dental Crown
Your crown will typically take two appointments and two to three weeks to complete. During your first appointment, we will prepare your tooth and create a temporary crown for you to wear over the next couple of weeks while your final restoration is being crafted at a dental laboratory.
When your permanent restoration is ready, you will return to Gateway Dental to have it placed. We will make any adjustments to the crown at this time to ensure that your bite is comfortable.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Those patients who need to replace a failing or missing tooth can benefit from a dental bridge.
A bridge anchors a fake tooth to dental crowns that attach to healthy teeth. It is ideal for replacing one or multiple adjacent teeth. Your Aurora dentist will customize your bridge so it has a natural look and complements your smile.
In order to get the greatest longevity from your bridge, it is important to keep your anchor teeth clean with daily brushing and flossing. Regular checkups with us are also needed to ensure that your bridge is healthy and functioning properly.
Don’t Delay Treatment
If you have been told you need a crown or bridge, it’s important to move forward with your treatment as soon as possible. A tooth that is decayed or fractured will only get worse and could develop an infection, which will cause you severe pain.
A missing tooth that is not replaced can lead to bone loss, issues with your bite, and shifting of your healthy teeth.
Contact Gateway Dental today to learn more about crowns and bridges.