If you have a tooth that is serious damaged, you might think it’s hopeless. And if it’s unattractive, you might think it’d be better gone. But dental crowns have the ability to restore a very damaged tooth, making it highly attractive and functional again. A dental crown can also support a dental bridge, which is an attractive tooth replacement that allows you to eat a full diet and have a full smile again.
Are you looking for a friendly, local dental practice that can give you a beautiful dental crown or bridge? Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment with a dentist at Advantage Dental Group, serving Pueblo for 20 years.
What Dental Crowns Can Do
Dental crowns are a very versatile restorative treatment. They can be used in many situations to make a damaged smile look beautiful again. We use dental crowns to:
- Restore badly decayed teeth
- Protect cracked teeth
- Beautify a deeply discolored tooth
- Reshape a small, worn, or damaged tooth
- Finish teeth treated with root canal therapy
- Support a dental bridge
- Top a dental implant
Dental crowns are used when fillings aren’t enough to repair a decayed tooth. A filling just fills the cavity, but a dental crown encases the tooth, protecting and beautifying it. They add strength to weakened teeth. A decayed tooth that is treated with a crown likely has several earlier fillings.
A tooth that’s been cracked by trauma can crack further, and if the crack propagates to the interior or root of the tooth, the tooth cannot be saved. But a dental crown can make the tooth stronger and safe against infection. Speaking of infection, placing a dental crown is often the final step in root canal therapy.
When a tooth has surface discoloration, teeth whitening can make it beautiful again, but if stains are inside the tooth, a dental crown or porcelain veneer works better. Crowns have the advantage of being able to provide more reshaping and greater strength than veneers.
Dental crowns can also help replace lost teeth. They can be used to either support a dental bridge or top a dental implant.
Dental Crown or Dental Cap, What’s the Difference?
Dental crown and dental cap are usually two words used to refer to the same procedure. A dental crown fits over the entire visible surface of the tooth. But sometimes dental cap refers to an onlay, a type of filling that fits over the top of the tooth, but doesn’t cover all the surface.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an older form of tooth replacement that allows you to have a beautiful, fully functional set of teeth again, without the need for dental implant surgery. In this procedure, the two teeth next to a missing tooth are prepared to receive dental crowns. Then a three-unit piece is made with a false tooth in the middle and two dental crowns on the sides. This is then fit into place, with the crowns supporting the replacement tooth.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge can allow you to eat all your favorite foods so you can continue to enjoy a healthy, balanced diet. It is very attractive, indistinguishable from your natural teeth–there are no wires or other supports. The bridge is bonded in place, so it doesn’t fall out of place like a denture can.
And a dental bridge doesn’t require surgery as a dental implant does. It is less expensive and can be ready faster. It can also be used where there is less bone than required for dental implants, without a bone graft.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges aren’t appropriate for all situations. First, they have to be supported by your natural teeth, so they’re only good for replacing teeth that are lost between two relatively healthy teeth. They also require that those healthy teeth have some healthy, irreplaceable enamel removed. And they can put those supporting teeth at risk.
Dental bridges can only be used where they won’t put too much force on their supporting teeth. And they are usually only good for replacing one missing tooth at a time.
Although dental bridges can be very functional and long-lasting, they don’t stimulate the bones and gums underneath them. As a result, over time the bone and gums may recede, leading to an open area under the bridge.
Do You Need a Crown or Bridge in Pueblo?
If you’re looking for a comfortable, welcoming dental practice in Pueblo that can provide you with an attractive, functional, durable crown or bridge, look no further. Please call (719) 545-1400 today for an appointment with a dentist at Advantage Dental Group.