Crowns and Bridges
Here at Villagio Dental, we offer both crowns and bridges to improve your smile and comfort. Both are fixed prosthetic devices that are permanent unlike removable devices like dentures.
A crown is used to cover or cap a damaged or misshapen tooth to improve appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns can also be placed on top of a dental implant to provide a tooth-like shape for eating and speaking functions. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain, or ceramic which can be matched to the color of a patient’s natural teeth. Gold and metal alloys are typically stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth.
Your dentist may recommend a crown for several reasons,
To replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
To protect a decaying, weak tooth from fracturing
To restore a fractured tooth
To attach a bridge
To cover dental implants
To cover a tooth after a root canal treatment
To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth
Your dentist may recommend a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth may eventually cause your remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty space, which may affect your bite.
Missing teeth also puts patients at a higher risk for gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorders. Bridges span the space where one or more teeth may be missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth is attached to crowns that cover the abutments. Like crowns, you can choose the material that your bridges are made from.
Before a crown or a bridge can be made, the teeth must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit properly over the tooth. Next, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth to construct an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If using porcelain your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your teeth.
Next, a temporary bridge or crown is fabricated to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown is finished, the temporary crown or bridge is removed and the new crown is cemented on the tooth or teeth. Crowns and bridges, if taken proper care of, can last a lifetime.