Andrew Goldenberg, D.D.S. understands that your teeth play an important role in your health and visual appearance. They also play an integral part in chewing, speaking and smiling.
Over time teeth can become so severely damaged that a routine filling will not suffice. This typically occurs with serious decay or cracked teeth. A crown or a bridge are two solutions to help repair and restore your teeth.
Dr. Goldenberg will discuss your options and create a treatment plan designed for your specific needs.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown is a custom-made cap that completely covers a damaged tooth. It is cemented into place and offers a strong, solid and natural appearance to protect the tooth from further damage or decay. It helps eliminate the need for tooth removal.
Do I Need a Crown?
There are a few reasons a patient may need a crown. These include but are not limited to:
- Protecting a weak tooth from further breakage.
- Replacing a filling that doesn’t have enough structure to fill a cavity.
- Cover a discolored or misshaped tooth.
- Restore a tooth that had a root canal.
- Attach a dental bridge
Types of Crowns:
Just like a filling, there are several types of crowns to choose from. The most popular include: metal, stainless steel, porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain, and all ceramic.
No matter which type of crown you choose, your tooth will be significantly stronger and more stable than ever.
What is a Bridge?
A missing tooth can make it difficult to chew food but it can also lead to other problems such as adjacent teeth shifting to fill a gap, gum disease, and in some cases jaw joint disorders. A dental bridge can fill the gap by utilizing existing teeth to fill in an area left vacant by a missing tooth.
A bridge anchors a prosthetic tooth into the gap with the two adjacent teeth to establish symmetry and create a natural appearance.
There are several advantages to choosing a dental bridge. A bridge looks and feels like your natural teeth. They are long-lasting, easy to clean, and less expensive than implants.
Types of Bridges
As the case with crowns, bridges can be made with different materials. The most common include gold and porcelain. The material used depends on the surface area of the mouth that needs attention and the type of bridge that will be used.
Traditional: This is the most common dental bridge. A traditional bridge is made of porcelain and fused to metal or ceramic.
Resin Bonded: This type of bridge is commonly used on the front teeth. It utilizes metal or resin-based wings on each side of the bridge that are bonded to existing teeth.
Implant-Supported: This bridge is recommended if a patient is missing more than one tooth. This technique involves placing two or more implants with space between them. The implants serve as anchors for a permanent bridge.
Cantilever: This is used when a replacement tooth can only be supported from one side.
If you believe you can benefit from a crown or bridge, please call our office at 805-495-9810 to schedule an appointment