Dental crowns and bridges are common types of dental devices used for either replacing teeth or protecting damaged teeth. Both are fixed in place rather than being removable, such as dentures. Find out more about crowns and bridges, including why your dentist might recommend one of these options.
Purpose of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are coverings or caps that go on damaged teeth. These caps can help restore these teeth to their normal function, which corrects problems with chewing or biting. When you have a dental crown on a damaged tooth, you’ll be able to bite down again instead of avoiding using that tooth. This helps ease excess wear and tear on surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns can also improve the appearance of damaged teeth by making them look whole and natural again. In some cases, dentists place dental crowns on implants that are used for replacing missing teeth. Your dentist might talk to you about getting a dental crown if you have a tooth that is damaged from decay or if you have a fractured tooth. Dental crowns can also be used for covering teeth that have had a root canal or teeth that have an irregular shape.
Purpose of Dental Bridges
A bridge helps replace missing teeth by anchoring an artificial or replacement tooth to the teeth on either side. When you have a missing tooth, this gap can end up affecting the teeth next to it. They might shift toward the gap, which affects your jaw alignment. You might also have a higher risk of gum disease and other problems when you have missing teeth.
Your dentist might discuss getting a dental bridge if you have at least one missing tooth. Filling in this gap with a replacement tooth helps prevent jaw alignment problems, gum disease risks, and other dental problems. Having a bridge can also improve your smile, especially if the missing tooth is in a visible area of your mouth.
If you think you might need dental crowns or bridges, please contact Travis Wilson D.M.D. to set up an appointment.