Crowns and bridges are two of the most common dental procedures. Sometimes called caps, a dental crown may be a necessity, or it may be mainly for aesthetics. The most common reason to get dental crowns is to safeguard a tooth that’s weak (often from decay). Broken, worn-down teeth can be restored with a crown, and teeth with large fillings might be crowned in order to add more protection. Crowns can also be used to cover dental implants, misshapen or permanently discolored teeth, or teeth with other undesirable characteristics. Getting crowns can often be a better choice than opting for expensive cosmetic procedures that require filing down your natural teeth.
Crowns are also a means of holding dental bridges in place. Dental bridges are a set of replacement teeth that are placed consecutively as one unit in order to replace missing teeth or to cover broken, worn-down or misshapen teeth. You can choose from many types of crowns, and permanent ones can be created from a variety of metals, ceramics, resins or porcelain fused to metal. Metal crowns, such as those made of stainless steel, are durable, affordable and a great choice for back teeth. However, the downside is that they don’t look natural and most people don’t want metal crowns on teeth that can be easily seen. Porcelain fused to metal, resin and ceramic crowns are tooth colored and look natural.
Dental bridges are sometimes a precursor to getting a dental crown (but not always). They are a great way to improve your smile and/or face shape, prevent the movement of current teeth, improve your ability to speak and chew, and can optimize your bite if you’re missing teeth. The three key types of bridges are traditional, cantilever and Maryland bonded. Traditional bridges require a crown on teeth flanking each side of a missing tooth and the placement of a pontic (replacement) tooth in between. This is by far the most common type of bridge.
Contact Oak Hills Dentistry of Layton, Utah, for a crown or bridge consultation and get on the fast track to the sturdy, beautiful smile you deserve.