When you suffer damage to a tooth – whether it’s due to trauma or disease – you should have it addressed immediately. Waiting to seek treatment only leads to discomfort, embarrassment, and more complicated dental problems in the future.
Fortunately, reliable solutions for addressing tooth damage are widely available. You are probably familiar with having a tooth filled, but what about crowns and bridges? What do they do and how can they be used to fit into your treatment plan?
Dental crowns are used when a tooth is too damaged to be saved with a filling. Since a crown completely encloses a tooth, it provides strength and protection and allows you to eat comfortably. There are different materials we can choose from, but all-porcelain crowns are preferred because they provide the needed support and blend naturally with your smile.
A bridge is a restoration that is designed to conceal the space between when a tooth is lost. A bridge is typically made up of three pieces: an artificial tooth that is held in place by crowns on either side. We attach the crowns to adjacent teeth, and the artificial tooth sits in the space left by a missing tooth.
How We Use Crowns and Bridges
Dental bridges provide an esthetic solution for missing teeth while also acting as a placeholder to prevent adjacent teeth from drifting out of their proper position.
Crowns are highly versatile and have many uses, and three of the most common are:
- Protect and strengthen a tooth with multiple fillings
- Provide support for a tooth after root canal treatment
- Conceal esthetic problems like discolored, broken, or misshapen teeth
Please Call Our Office to Learn More
Dr. Wesley R. Davis has been practicing for over 30 years and has placed thousands of high-quality custom restorations. Our patients are always thrilled with the results we can achieve with crowns and dental bridges at our Hummelstown, PA dental office.
If you think you aren’t sure which treatment is right for you, please call us so we can schedule a convenient appointment to review your needs.