By Randall Oaks Dental
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   Bridges  

Find out more about these popular dental restorations and how they work.

Crowns and Bridges

Has our Carpentersville, IL, dentist Dr. Dan Adamo recently told that you that you could benefit from a crown or bridge? Are you dealing with a damaged smile that you know could be improved by restorative dentistry? Whatever the case might be, we are here to provide you with the lowdown on what crowns and bridges are and how they can help you.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration or cap that is designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth to encapsulate and protect it. A crown is most often used for restorative purposes to protect a weak or damaged tooth from incurring more damage. By covering the tooth with a strong, durable tooth-colored material, we can prevent the tooth from weakening further over time.

Our Carpentersville restorative dentist may place a dental crown over:

  • A severely decayed tooth after it’s been treated
  • A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
  • A tooth that has been cracked or fractured
  • A badly malformed or discolored tooth (to improve the tooth’s shape, size, and color)
  • A tooth that has been severely weakened by decay
  • A tooth with an old dental filling that can no longer fully support and protect it

Crowns are also implemental in treating tooth loss, as they cover a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or crowns can be placed on either side of a toothless gap to support a dental bridge.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a custom-made oral appliance that is made to fill the gap left over by one or two missing teeth with artificial teeth. In order to do this, we will need to make sure that the natural teeth on both sides of the gap are strong enough to support dental crowns and your bridge. If they are, we will have two crowns custom-made to fit over these teeth. Once the crowns are cemented over the teeth, they can now support and hold the false tooth or teeth in place.

If you are missing one or two teeth in a row but the rest of your smile is healthy then you could be an ideal candidate for dental bridges. Those dealing with severe cosmetic flaws or damaged teeth should talk to us about whether crowns are the best approach for protecting your smile.

Randall Oaks Dental in Carpentersville, IL, is dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy beautiful smile however possible. No matter whether you just need to a routine dental cleaning or you want to discuss your cosmetic or restorative dentistry options with us, don’t hesitate to call our office today.