Dental Crowns & Bridges
At Spring Creek Family Dentistry, our dentists have the expertise you need when it comes to giving you the best oral care. A big part of that is helping you to overcome any damage to your teeth or unwanted spaces between them. To address these problems, we often recommend the use of dental crowns and bridges. These are fixed prosthetic devices that we can give you to cover your affected teeth or any openings between them.
The Difference Between Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges accomplish two different goals in very similar ways. When it comes to damaged teeth, we recommend crowns because they can effectively cover an affected area or implant so that you suffer no further damage. Our desire is to give you a crown that looks and functions just like your tooth used to greatly improving the appearance, alignment, and shape of the damaged tooth beneath it. By contrast, a bridge is about addressing the absence of teeth or the space between them. We cement the bridge to neighboring teeth that then serve as anchors for the bridge and replacement tooth that will go in the space’s place.
Why Would I Need A Dental Crown Or Bridge?
Because their use can be so varied, there are multiple scenarios where our dentists may recommend a crown or bridge during your appointment. If your tooth has been broken from a sports or vehicular accident, a crown can prevent further damage. If you have a weak tooth in danger of fracturing, we can put a crown in place to avert that possibility. As for bridges, our dentists recommend them when a gap between your teeth is large enough to affect your face shape, smile, or your ability to chew food or speak properly.
Which Dental Crown Is Right For Me?
Deciding the type of crown that you want can be a difficult choice, but we are ready to give you as much information as you need to make the choice that is right for you. If the appearance of your crown is important to you, then we would urge you to consider the use of porcelain crowns. These look more like your other teeth, but they can be somewhat more susceptible to damage than the alternative, especially if you grind your teeth at night. If durability is a more important consideration to you, then we would recommend the gold and metal alloy options. Though more visually noticeable in your mouth, these metallic options offer unmatched strength.
Which Dental Bridge Is Right For Me?
If you have gaps between your teeth that need correcting with a dental bridge, the next step is determining which type of bridge would best fit your needs. The three most common types of dental bridges include traditional bridges, Maryland bridges, and cantilever bridges. A traditional bridge, created from ceramics or porcelain attached to metal, uses crowns for the gap and your neighboring teeth. The Maryland bridge uses metal or porcelain wings instead of crowns to attach to the two adjacent teeth. Lastly, the cantilever bridge is what we recommend and utilize when you do not have two teeth next to the missing tooth. Our dentists are always on hand to help you make a choice best suited to your personal dental health needs.
If you think that a dental crown or bridge is right for you and you would like to learn more, please call us today at 503-659-9658. Your dental care is important to us.