Dental Crowns and Bridges

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Dental crowns and bridges are natural looking ways to help restore your smile. Although preventive care is ideal, sometimes situations occur in which a tooth needs repair in order to be spared from extraction.

Here are reasons why a patient may need a dental crown:

  • Strengthen a brittle tooth
  • Final step of a dental implant
  • Replace fillings that are large and have been removed due to extensive decay
  • Serve as an anchor for a dental bridge or partial denture
  • Following a root canal procedure to strengthen a tooth

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is essentially a custom-made cap that fits directly over the entire tooth. The crown will look natural and blend in with your other teeth. Crowns can help restore an uneven bite and chewing functionality, plus, helps strengthen the tooth. When a tooth is missing, a dental bridge can fill in the space between two teeth.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is made as one single unit but has the appearance of individual teeth. The center of the bridge is an artificial tooth, referred to as the pontic, which replaces the missing tooth. Two crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the space, with the pontic in the middle. All three crowns are fused together to form a bridge. A bridge can even replace multiple missing teeth on the same arch (on the top or the bottom jaw). However, a bridge must involve at least a minimum of three teeth.

Why should I replace a missing tooth?

The mouth is designed to function as a whole unit. When even one single aspect of the mouth is off balance from a missing tooth, the bite becomes uneven, which can lead to jaw joint disorders such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD can become painful, debilitating, and even lead to other health-related problems including:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Difficulty or pain when chewing or biting
  • Head, neck, or even back pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Teeth shifting

We recommend replacing a missing tooth to avoid these health issues and a dental bridge can easily help restore your bite and your smile.

How do I care for my crown or bridge?

Dental hygiene is always important but even more so with a crown or bridge. Patients must practice good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing around their crown or bridge.

For a consultation to determine if a dental crown or bridge is right for you, contact us today! At Hoag and Dotsch, we welcome patients of Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, Washington.