Dental Crowns and Bridges Provide Durable, Natural-looking Restoration
Dental crowns and bridges provide protection and support for damaged teeth and can provide pain relief for several common dental problems. Dr. Cynthia E. Bailey can place dental crowns and bridges in our Richmond, MI, office to provide treatment for missing, broken, or structurally weakened teeth. Whichever type of treatment best suits your specific case, your doctor will be able to provide you with a customized restoration that will blend in seamlessly with your smile. And with our advanced digital imaging and on-site milling system, we are often able to provide complete treatment in just one appointment.
What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are related but distinct dental treatments. Dental crowns may be placed as a stand-alone treatment, or to support a dental bridge or top a dental implant.
Dental crowns are ceramic or metal restorations designed to resemble a tooth. In our practice, we use metal-free materials because we find that most patients prefer the aesthetic appearance of ceramic crowns. There are several situations in which a dentist may choose to place a ceramic crown, including when a tooth has been damaged, cracked, or has some structural weakness that may make it more likely to suffer decay in the future.
With our advanced digital imaging and on-site milling system, we are often able to design and place restorations in just one appointment.
For common situations such as root canal therapy or failing fillings, a crown can provide protection while saving the damaged tooth, which is better for your long-term oral health than having to replace a lost tooth down the line. Crowns are also used as caps for dental implants to replace missing teeth.
A dentist will choose to place a dental bridge to replace one or several lost teeth. If you have already lost a tooth, a bridge can provide relief from pain caused by extra pressure placed on the surrounding teeth. A bridge can also prevent the shifting and grinding that can sometimes result from tooth loss.
Traditional bridges rely on support provided by adjacent teeth which are capped with crowns, whereas implant-supported bridges are secured to posts placed in the jaw bone. If you decide a traditional dental bridge is right for you, your dentist will first prepare the teeth that will support the false tooth, or pontic, that will fill the gap left by the missing tooth. Otherwise, you will need to undergo a minor surgery to have implants embedded in the jaw. Four to six months of healing is required before your permanent bridge can be attached. Your dentist will likely place a temporary bridge to protect the prepped teeth while you wait for the lab to complete your custom bridge, which your dentist will then place in a second office visit.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
There is no reason you should have to life with pain or discomfort, or be self-conscious of your smile. If you have a concern about a missing or damaged tooth, contact us today to schedule a consultation for a dental bridge or crown.
Dear Dr. Bailey, Thank you for doing a great job on my Lumineers®. My new smile looks terrific. I have had so many compliments on my teeth.Joel B., Real Patient