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.