A dental crown, or a bridge is an artificial replacement for tooth. It's not really replacing the tooth. That's probably not correct. It covers over the tooth when the tooth has been broken. The bridge, of course, would replace a tooth. We prepare the teeth in either side of the missing tooth for crowns. Then, two crowns are made with a tooth attached to them. That goes in as one piece as a bridge. With crowns, of course, that's when a tooth is broken down, or decayed, we rebuild the tooth, take a little bit off the sides and the top. We make an impression, which is sent to the lab. The lab makes us a crown that slides right over the top of the tooth. It's like a covering for the tooth.
Placing dental crowns and dental bridges are very common procedures that Drs. Lawrence and Erik Fox carry out with great confidence. In fact, they’ll get the job done to perfection! We offer all-porcelain options to repair damaged teeth with dental crowns or to replace missing teeth with dental bridges. We also offer onlays for repairing decay that has expanded beyond the point where a regular composite filling won’t help. Part of our mission at Fox Family Dentistry is to help your smile in whatever way we can, and that includes protecting damaged teeth with crowns and replacing lost teeth with bridges!
Putting A Cap On Damaged Teeth With Dental Crowns
A lot of patients have had several fillings on a tooth, or have had a tooth break, have reached a state where they can restore the tooth with a dental crown, which is a dental replacement for a tooth that is made in a lab. The lab sends us this dental crown, which a lot of patients call a cap, that covers over the tooth and replaces the missing portion of the tooth.
There's been a lot of improvements, recently, with dental crowns. A lot of crowns in the past were made all of metal, or were made of metal with a porcelain piece that was fused to the metal, which often times had a tendency to break. Now we make a crown that is fully porcelain. It's very aesthetic to the patient. It has improved durability and strength to meet the patient's needs.
A dental crowns is a tooth-imitating cap for a tooth that needs to be protected because it can no longer function without the threat of it causing pain or breaking. The crown will return the damaged tooth’s shape, size, and functionality so that it can be used like a natural, healthy tooth. The crown will be firmly cemented into place by one of our doctors and will cover all of your natural tooth that lies above your gums.
Some of the reasons that you may need a dental crown include:
- Protecting a tooth that is in danger of breaking.
- Holding together a cracked tooth so it doesn’t fall apart.
- Restoring an extremely worn-down tooth.
- Restoring a broken tooth.
- Protecting a tooth that has a large filling.
- Capping a badly discolored tooth.
- Restoring the shape of an oddly shaped tooth.
- Acting as abutment teeth for your dental bridge.
- Covering any type of dental implant.
Dental Bridges To Fill The Gap Left By Missing Teeth
A dental bridges is held in place by crowns, and the bridge consists of these crowns plus porcelain false teeth that replace the missing teeth. Bridges are used when some natural teeth remain and there is no need for full dentures. They can immediately restore the appearance of your smile and your ability to chew food and speak without any problem. They also even out the distribution of pressure in your bite, help maintain the shape of your jaw, and keep your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of place.
Why We Love All-Porcelain Crowns And Bridges
At Fox Family Dentistry, we love the look that all-porcelain dentures give to your smile for a few different reasons. The main reason is that they are strong while at the same time being the best option for matching the color of your natural teeth. They are also the most suitable choice for those who have allergies to metal crowns and bridges and are often the most aesthetic option for replacing your front teeth.
For questions about our dental crowns and bridges or about the materials we use, call Fox Family Dentistry at 703-260-1677, or make an appointment by using our handy online contact form. We want to restore your smile and see you walk out of our dental office with a smile on your face!