Crowns and Bridges
If you are living with teeth that are damaged or missing, it is likely that you will need dental work such as a dental crown or bridge.
Both of these restorative treatments are cemented into place permanently, giving you back the function you may have lost. Not only will they restore the way your teeth work, but they look very much like your natural teeth as well.
There are a number of reasons why you might need a dental crown or bridge, including strengthening a tooth that has become damaged or replacing the space left behind by a missing tooth. It is always important to repair a damaged tooth so you can save it, and it is even more critical to fill the space left behind by a missing tooth before surrounding teeth are impacted.
Talk to Dr. Brittaney Glazer about dental crowns and bridges and how they can repair your missing or damaged teeth.
Dental Crowns to Repair Damaged Teeth
Also called a “cap,” a dental crown is a natural-looking restoration placed over a damaged tooth and bonded into place. The crown, which is permanent, will improve both the strength and appearance of the damaged tooth, preventing it from further decline.
One of the more common uses for a crown is repairing a tooth with a very large filling that is old or damaged. Usually there is not much left of the actual tooth, so a crown is placed to strengthen the tooth structure.
Teeth that are severely worn, misshapen, or discolored can also benefit from dental crowns. Dental crowns can also hold a dental bridge in place.
Getting a Dental Crown
If you need a dental crown, Dr. Glazer will first prepare the natural tooth for crown placement. She may want to take an x-ray to ensure that both the tooth root and jawbone are healthy enough to support a crown.
After the tooth is prepared, we will take an impression so a custom crown can be made. A temporary crown will be placed while you wait for the permanent crown.
The final crown will look completely natural and blend in with your other teeth to be virtually undetectable.
Dental Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Glazer might recommend a bridge to fill in the space left behind when a tooth is lost.
If you don’t fill in a space left by missing teeth, the remaining teeth in your mouth will start to shift. This will have a negative effect on your bite and can eventually lead to even more tooth loss. A bridge will permanently fill the space by being cemented to your natural teeth or to dental crowns.
The bridge will look very much like your natural teeth as well as ensure you have normal chewing function again and you will no longer have to feel self-conscious about gaps left by missing teeth.
Contact Dr. Glazer for a Customized Treatment Plan
Make sure damaged or missing teeth do not negatively impact your remaining teeth. If you need a dental crown or bridge, contact Glazer Family Dentistry to discuss a custom restorative treatment plan.