Dental crowns and bridges are common and helpful methods for restoring a severely damaged tooth or teeth.
Crowns are caps that are placed on a weakened tooth to restore it and protect it from future damages. Crowns can be customized to match the size and shape of the natural tooth it is emulating. To use a crown on a tooth, some parts of the enamel and natural crown may need to be removed in order to make space for the crown. An imprint is made so that a permanent crown can be custom made. A temporary crown will be put in place until the permanent crown is finished and can be placed by your dentists. In some instances, the crown can also be placed on top of a dental implant if it is required to help the stability of the tooth or if it is replacing a tooth altogether.
A bridge is a modified crown that uses the support of neighboring teeth to keep it in place. A bridge is most helpful for someone that is missing a tooth but cannot get a dental implant. When a tooth is missing, the neighboring teeth can start to be affected. They can take on more stress while chewing and start to spread which eventually could lead to them being removed. Instead of an implant, the tooth is held in place with supports anchored to crowns on the neighboring teeth. This helps to prevent the teeth from spreading and makes chewing more even between all teeth.
A crown or bridge can drastically improve the oral health of your mouth, but can also be a wonderful cosmetic procedure to repair a smile. To see if dental crowns or bridges are the right treatment option for you, book an appointment at one of our Oswego or Villa Park offices today!
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