Crowns and Bridges
At Village Dental, we give you a number of options for restorative treatments that help bring back the beauty and function of your smile. One of these solutions come in the form of crowns and bridges.
A dental crown is essentially a tooth-shaped covering placed on top of a damaged or missing tooth to protect and restore it. Crowns can be used to restore:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Teeth that need cosmetic enhancement
- Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment
- Teeth with large or fractured fillings
Although crowns are made using a variety of materials such as composite, metal, even gold, porcelain crowns are a popular choice for most people because they resemble the gloss and shine of your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a restorative dental appliance that acts as a replacement for multiple missing teeth. Bridges can be used for the following purposes:
- To fill the space created by missing teeth.
- To prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position
- To help maintain the shape of the face.
- To help restore the speaking and chewing ability.
Bridges are of several types, but the most widely used is the “traditional bridge, which is made of porcelain fused to metal. The bridge consists of two crowns that are anchored to natural teeth or to implants on either side of the gap and have artificial teeth in between (which are also known as pontics).
Dental Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that involves removing the bone, gum tissue or both to expose more of the tooth’s structure. The procedure is mostly performed for teeth that may have broken at the gum line, or to correct a “gummy” smile. It is also used for decayed teeth. Sometimes, after decay has been removed, a very less of the tooth structure remains above the gum line and cannot support a dental crown or filling. In such cases, crown lengthening is performed to expose more of the tooth structure above the gum.
For more information, please call our practice at (847) 469-4340.