What Is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering that fits over a tooth to protect it and restore its shape. Placing a crown is a restorative dentistry treatment that Dr. Catherine Guerra, DDS, may recommend if your tooth is suffering from decay or injury.
A dental crown can be used to:
- Restore a damaged tooth
- Improve the appearance of a tooth
- Strengthen a tooth with filling material
- Help anchor a bridge
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking. It holds together parts of a cracked tooth
- Cover a dental implant
There are different types of dental crowns, such as porcelain and composite resin. Dr. Guerra will go over the pros and cons of each with you so you can make the best decision for your oral health.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
Dental crowns are placed over the course of two visits to our dentist’s office. During the first visit, our dentist will prepare your tooth by cleaning it and then taking an accurate impression. This impression will be used to make your dental crown, which will be created in a dental lab.
Once your dental crown is ready, you will return to our dental office for a second appointment. During this appointment, our dentist will place your dental crown. The dental crown will be cemented to your tooth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a device used to close the gap between teeth. The false tooth (or teeth) supported by the bridge will fill in the gap caused by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Dental bridges are placed by first reshaping the teeth on either side of the gap. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab for fabrication. In the meantime, the dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums from shifting. The dental lab will fabricate a custom-fit bridge, and the dentist will place the bridge in your mouth. The dentist will adjust the bridge to ensure a proper fit and bite.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can last 10 to 20 years. You should care for dental crowns and bridges as you would your natural teeth. By following good oral hygiene practices, patients can prolong the life of their dental crowns and bridges.
Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
- Dental crowns and bridges provide a permanent solution to tooth loss.
- A dental crown or bridge can correct the bite alignment, which can prevent teeth grinding.
- Dental crowns and bridges can be used to restore your teeth after they have been significantly damaged.
- After your crown or bridge is placed, your smile will be both beautiful and functional.
- Crowns and bridges will support your bite and allow you to eat and speak normally.
- A dental crown or bridge is custom-crafted to look just like your natural smile, so no one will even know you have it.
- Dental crowns and bridges prevent other teeth from moving.
- A dental bridge or crown can help you maintain your bite and prevent other teeth from falling out.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your appointment with us, call ourDentist in Colorado Springs COat (719) 374-5496 or visit our dental office located at 1359 Interquest Pkwy Suite 100,Colorado Springs, CO 80921.