In response to the ADA and CDC recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners has mandated that all dental practices in the state cease all non-emergent dental care. Patients with a true dental emergency will still be provided care by appointment. Our team will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. New and existing patients are also welcome to call or email to schedule future appointments. Thank you so much for your understanding.
Shipp Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

How can we help you?

The entire team at Shipp Family Dentistry believes in making sure your time with us is as relaxing and comfortable as possible. We strive to provide every member of your family with an atmosphere where they are comfortable asking questions and learning about taking care of their oral health.

We firmly believe that good oral health is important for the well-being of the entire body. Our mission is to provide our patients with a quality atmosphere where they can learn about taking care of their oral health and enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Columbus, MS dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp enjoys educating his patients and talking about how they can best take care of their oral health. We never want you to feel rushed; instead, we want to make sure your questions are answered so you fully understand why specific treatments might be recommended.

Some of the questions you have may already have been asked by other patients. We’ve compiled a list of those questions here, for your convenience. If you have questions that are not answered here, we invite you to give us a call or bring them to your appointment. Don’t worry about your question sounding silly; the only silly question is the one that goes unasked!

Crowns and Bridges

Man Eating An Apple | Columbus MS | Dental Crowns Save Your Decayed or Broken Teeth

When a tooth has become severely damaged due to injury or decay, a crown is usually necessary to restore it.

Without a crown, the tooth is highly susceptible to breaking. If it breaks down too far, a root canal might be necessary, or in the worst case, a tooth might not be able to be saved. A dental crown is a good thing because it protects your tooth!

The crown surrounds the entire tooth to prevent breakage in a way that a filling cannot. Often referred to as a “cap,” a crown is placed over a prepared tooth structure then cemented in place. It restores not only the form of the tooth but its function as well.

Crowns are usually called for in the following situations:

  • There is an area of substantial decay on a tooth that is beyond a simple filling.
  • A tooth has become cracked.
  • A root canal has been performed, and the remaining tooth structure needs a crown to protect it.
  • A tooth is severely worn down.

With proper care that includes regular brushing and flossing and twice yearly trips to the dentist, a dental crown can last for many years. 

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If you're due for a check-up or cleaning, or you're experiencing dental pain, contact our Columbus, MS office today to book your appointment! 

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