Out of all the types of restorations created by dentists, dental crowns are largely the most common for a multitude of reasons. They protect damaged teeth, keep your bite even and can be used in tandem with bridges and dental implants to solve tooth loss. When you visit our office for crowns and dental bridges in Lansdale, you’re guaranteed to get a restoration that feels and looks as natural as possible. To speak with any of our dentists or schedule an appointment to have your smile repaired, contact our office today!
Dental crowns or caps are a restorative solution for damaged teeth. For example, if a cavity is too large for a standard filling to fix (the rule of thumb is if the filling takes up more than two-thirds of the natural tooth), then a crown would be a more appropriate solution. Crowns are custom-made to fit over your teeth exactly, ensuring that it keeps your bite even and seals away the damaged portion from oral bacteria. Most crowns take two visits to complete; one to take impressions of your current tooth and another to place the restoration.
Dental bridges take restorative dentistry up a notch by replacing teeth that have been completely removed from the jaw. This could be a result of an injury, extensive tooth decay, infection or gum disease. To create and place a bridge, our dentists remove a small amount of tooth enamel on each tooth adjacent to the gap in your smile. This allows us to place the bridge on top of the natural teeth so they can act as anchors. Bridges are capable of replacing anywhere from one to multiple teeth and typically consist of two or more crowns.
Dental crowns offer many benefits for patients. Not only do they strengthen damaged teeth, but they restore teeth to their natural shape and appearance and prevent damaged natural teeth from breaking apart further. They seal the tooth away from oral bacteria, which reduces the risk of an infection and complications from developing later.
Dental bridges are designed to fill the empty space left behind from lost teeth, preventing neighboring teeth from shifting inside the jaw into that empty space. By addressing this issue early, you can avoid misalignment and bite problems which increase your risk for bruxism and TMJ disorder.
Generally speaking, those who still have their natural tooth will only need a dental crown. If your tooth is chipped or cracked in any way, you’ll likely need a dental crown to prevent future damage. Those who have missing teeth will want to consider a dental bridge to effectively fill the gap in their smile. However, the best way to find out which treatment is best for you is to request an appointment with one of our dentists!