Crowns and Bridges
Sometimes, teeth can be damaged or decayed to the point that a filling is not enough. In these cases, a dental crown might be the answer. A dental crown is like a cap that sits on the damaged or decayed tooth in order to protect, cover, seal and strengthen the tooth. Crowns can be made from porcelain ceramic, gold alloy, or both. During a crown fitting, the dentist will remove any decay, then cement the crown in place in order to protect the teeth.
A crown may become necessary if you have:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Root-canal treated teeth
A dental bridge is essentially a false tooth that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge is used to hold an artificial tooth in place in order to avoid problems such as gum disease, shifting teeth or bone loss. Dental bridges are also fixed into place and do not move while eating or speaking.
A dental bridge may be an option to:
- Fill the space of missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
Contact Woodlawn Dental to ask how dental bonding can improve your smile.