Crowns & Bridges
Sometimes the tooth fairy doesn’t restrict her activities to snatching teeth of excited children in exchange for a quarter underneath the pillow. At times, adults are faced with the need to trade in one or more teeth to the fairy that many haven’t done business with in many decades.
Crowns and bridges both provide long-term fixes for patients who have had to part with some of their original hardware. A crown is a permanent prosthetic device that is used to fit on top of, or cap a damaged tooth over cover an implant. Often shaped like the top of a tooth, a crown serves the biting or grinding purpose of the original tooth, allowing the patient restored use of the tooth. Crowns are commonly used at the end of a root canal procedure where a tooth has been saved from extraction by removing the top of the tooth to drill out the infected core and rebuild it.
Bridges are used to replace one or more teeth. They’re complete artificial teeth that are custom made and then cemented in place to the original teeth surrounding the area of the mouth that needs to be filled. Unlike partial dentures, bridges are permanently fixed into place and supported by existing teeth. They’re never removed and are cared for and function just like the original teeth.
Crowns and bridges both serve several important functions. First and foremost they improve the cosmetic appearance of the patient. Well designed crowns and bridges are virtually impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. They restore the full ability of the mouth to bite and chew with a complete set of teeth, easing the burden on existing teeth. They also serve the important function of preventing existing teeth from shifting out of place due to the gap created by missing teeth. Full smiles can give you the confidence you’re looking for!