Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, and Your Smile
When you think of a crown, what do you think of? Probably, an elaborately decorated hat that is placed atop a member of royalty’s head. When you consider a bridge, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe a large structure that crosses over a body of water?
While it is easy to define and identify these types of bridges and crowns, it is not so simple to understand what dental bridges and dental crowns are used for. In Dr. Mercurio’s blog, the difference and uses of dental crowns and bridges will be explained, so you have a clear understanding of what the procedures entail. To learn more about these bridges and crowns, keep reading!
A dental crown is generally used to cover a damaged tooth entirely. It is also known as a “cap” since the crown caps over the tooth.
There are many reasons why Dr. Richard Mercurio might consider crowns as the best option to help your smile. Some of those reasons can include:
- To replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth that remain
- To protect a weaker tooth from fracturing
- To attach a bridge to the crown
- To restore a tooth that has been fractured
- To cover a poorly shaped tooth, or one that is severely discolored
- To cover a tooth after a root canal treatment
Dr. Mercurio tries to avoid pulling teeth, when a crown can be put in place instead. This keeps the root structure in place, and the shape of your face remains the same without gaps in teeth.
Now you know all about dental crowns, but what are dental bridges used for? Dental bridges simply bridge the gap created by one tooth or more. Dental bridges can:
- Restore your smile by replacing teeth
- Restore your ability to eat and chew normally
- Can help maintain the shape of your face (similar to dental crowns)
- By replacing missing teeth, the forces of your bite can be evenly distributed
- Replacing missing teeth can also prevent other teeth from shifting out of their normal position
As you can see, there are quite a few positives to dental bridges! Dr. Richard Mercurio fuses a false tooth to one or two crowns to create the bridge. This bridge can return your bite, speaking, and chewing patterns back to normal, so you do not experience any interruption in your day to day life.
Questions about Bridges and Crowns?
If you have any questions about dental bridges and crowns, then do not hesitate to contact Dr. Richard Mercurio. Dr. Mercurio can answer any of your inquiries, and evaluate if you may benefit from a bridge or a crown. During your consultation, your questions will be answered about the procedures, financing options, and the proper care for your crown or bridge.
For more information, contact Lincroft Village Dental Care today!
- Lincroft Village Dental. Bridges and Crowns. http://www.lincroftvillagedental.com/lincroft/home_copy.asp?section=section§ionid=2§ionsubid=128§ionsubidparent=134
- Colgate Oral Health and Resource Center. What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges? http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Checkups-and-Dental-Procedures/Crowns-Bridges/article/What-are-Dental-Crowns-and-Tooth-Bridges.cvsp