Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
Dental crowns and dental bridges are two restorative dentistry options for repairing or replacing missing or damaged teeth.
A dental crown or tooth cap is a custom piece we make from porcelain to match your other teeth in form, color, and feel.
When preparing a tooth for a crown, we remove the damage or decay from the existing tooth and then permanently affix the tooth crown to restore full function.
A dental bridge uses the teeth surrounding the missing tooth to anchor the replacement tooth, thereby creating a bridge. The bridge may be formed using crowns or dental implants.
“I recently went to Dr. Neeb for two crowns and a bridge dental work. I was very satisfied with the concern, care, and professional job that Dr. Neeb, and his entire staff, gave me. I would highly recommend Cornerstone Dental Art.” – James B.
Benefits of Dental Crowns in Greenfield, IN
A dental crown can save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction. Once the tooth crown procedure is complete, you will have a fully restored tooth that will allow you to eat, talk, and smile as usual.
A dental crown can also protect a damaged tooth from falling apart. Especially common with molars, a tooth crown can prevent a fragile tooth from continuing to degrade.
When your concerns are cosmetic, a dental crown may also be the right choice. Tooth crowns can repair damaged teeth and cover imperfections such as crooked teeth, discoloration, or close a gap between teeth.
Dental crowns can give you a smile you’ll be proud to show off!
At Cornerstone Dental Arts, we make our teeth crowns from porcelain to match the exact color of neighboring teeth. Once placed, a porcelain crown will be indistinguishable from your natural teeth, allowing you to feel confidant in your appearance.
Your dental crowns require the same care as your other teeth; brushing and flossing. No special products or equipment are needed, making crowns for teeth ideal for anyone who wants to repair their smile, but avoid additional dental maintenance.
When is a Tooth Crown Needed?
Dental crowns can be the best choice when a tooth is damaged, or a cavity has gotten too large to repair with a filling.
Dental crowns may combine with other dental work, such as a dental implant or a dentla bridge, and are sometimes recommended after a root canal to provide additional protection to the now more fragile tooth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
When you’re missing a tooth, it impacts your appearance and overall dental health and function.
A space left by a missing tooth can cause your other teeth to shift their positions, leading to additional problems with your bite and alignment.
A dental bridge allows you to fill the space left by a missing tooth, improving both appearance and function while keeping other teeth from shifting their position.
A dental bridge will use the teeth surrounding the missing tooth to anchor the replacement tooth, thereby creating a bridge. The bridge may be formed by using crowns on the adjacent teeth or by placing dental implants depending on the situation.
When is a Tooth Bridge Needed?
A dental bridge may be necessary when multiple teeth need to be repaired or when a dental implant isn’t a suitable option for replacing a missing tooth.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants
A dental bridge may cost less upfront than a dental implant, but there are long-term effects that should also be considered.
Creating a dental bridge may require modifying healthy teeth to create attachment points for the bridge, whereas a dental implant does not impact the healthy teeth surrounding it. The teeth the bridge is attached to may suffer from tooth decay, requiring additional dental work or replacement.
A dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth, helping preserve the jawbone. Not only will a tooth implant help prevent further bone loss, but new, healthy bone will also grow around the implant. Unlike a dental implant, a dental bridge may still allow an area of the jawbone to deteriorate.
While a dental bridge may not be a permanent solution, it can be the right choice when the jawbone isn’t sufficiently healthy to support implants.
Our dentists will always make sure you understand all of your options, allowing you to make the right choice for your dental health. Get in touch today to learn more and schedule an appointment.