Crowns and Bridges
When teeth are damaged or missing, there is more at stake than just the way you look.
A damaged tooth that is not fixed can easily become a tooth that is in such bad shape that it needs to be extracted. And a missing tooth that is not replaced can compromise the health of the surrounding teeth.
A crown is used to strengthen a tooth that has become damaged, and a bridge is used to replace the space left behind by one or more missing teeth. Both are permanent restorations that will restore the form and function of your smile.
With today’s updated dental techniques, placing crowns and bridges is simpler and more efficient than ever before.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, don’t ignore the problem because it won't go away on its own. Give Columbus, MS dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp at Shipp Family Dentistry a call to find out if you need a crown or bridge.
Dental Bridges for Tooth Replacement
If you have a gap in your smile because one or more teeth are missing, a dental bridge might be able to restore your smile. A dental bridge is made to look like your natural teeth, so you can smile again without feeling self-conscious. It will also give you back the ability to chew properly. Another important advantage to a bridge is that it will keep your healthy teeth from shifting and becoming loose.
A bridge is permanently cemented to your natural teeth or to teeth that have been fitted with dental crowns.
Dental Crowns for Tooth Repair
Dental crowns are usually used to repair a tooth that has become damaged. Often, dental crowns are placed to fix a molar that has a large filling in it that has become compromised. Over time, fillings may become worn and can even cause fractures in the tooth. A crown will prevent further damage from happening and preserve the tooth.
Dental crowns are also often recommended after root canal therapy. Because the root canal procedure removes the tooth pulp, the remaining tooth structure can become brittle. A crown will strengthen and protect it.
Sometimes crowns are used for cosmetic purposes, such as to cover up a tooth that is oddly shaped or discolored.
Getting a Dental Crown or Bridge
If Dr. Shipp determines that a crown is necessary, either to protect and restore individual teeth or as part of a bridge, he will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing some of the structure to make room for the crown. He will make an impression of the remaining tooth structure, which will be sent to a lab where your custom-made crown or bridge will be crafted.
Once your crown or bridge is ready, it will be permanently cemented into place, restoring the function of your tooth.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Crown or Bridge?
Don’t put your healthy teeth at risk. Let’s talk about whether a crown or bridge can restore your smile and protect your oral health. Give us a call today!