Dental Crown & Bridge
Restore Your Smile’s Function and Appearance
Crowns have been a staple in dentistry for well over a hundred years, but only in recent times have they become the beautiful, sturdy, and reliable restorations that they are today. Indeed, both dental crowns and bridges have the potential to bring back your mouth’s full function while giving you an attractive smile.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown in Newtown is a custom-made cap that completely covers the visible portion of a tooth. These restorations often serve to fortify and protect a damaged tooth, though they can also be used for purely cosmetic purposes. If you have a single dental implant, you will need a crown to complete it.
In the past, metals like gold and silver were the materials of choice for dental crowns because they are so sturdy and long-lasting. However, they tend to clash with the color of the natural teeth around them. Many patients today opt for porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, both of which offer a much more natural appearance.
Placing a crown typically takes just two appointments. At your first visit, we prepare the tooth and take some impressions. At your second visit, we permanently attach your custom restoration.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Rather than serving to cover a tooth or implant, a dental bridge in Newtown is meant to replace a missing tooth. This type of restoration has two crowns, one on each end, which get placed over the abutment teeth (the teeth that are next to an empty space in the mouth). A pontic, or artificial tooth, is suspended between the crowns, thus “bridging” the gap in a patient’s smile. Just like crowns, bridges may be constructed of metals or porcelain and take about two appointments to place.
A traditional dental bridge is a popular way to replace a missing tooth because it is strong and relatively affordable. However, we often recommend that patients consider receiving an implant instead. When you visit us for your restorative consultation, we’ll explain the pros and cons of both options so you can make a confident and informed decision.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Some indicators that you may need a crown or bridge include:
- You have an old crown or bridge that feels loose or damaged.
- One of your teeth has suffered significant decay or damage. It may need a crown to repair it, or a bridge to replace it if it is so damaged that it needs to be extracted.
- You’re unhappy with the way one of your teeth looks and would like a crown to reshape it.
- You have cracked tooth syndrome and need a crown to protect the tooth.
- A tooth has a large filling and needs a crown to keep it structurally sound.
If you believe you could benefit from a crown or bridge, contact Dentists of Newtown today. Our team of experienced oral health professionals will be happy to help you get your smile back to its full potential.