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Why Would You Need a Dental Crown or Dental Bridge?

Why Would You Need a Dental Crown or Dental Bridge?

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March 10, 2021

Natural teeth may get damaged due to various reasons or fall off because of some mishap. You may be advised to get crowns or bridges, dental implants, or dentures depending on your case.

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structures that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) crowns are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Bridges are typically for the replacement of missing teeth. They are called bridges because they take up the space left by the missing teeth. Dental bridges will be cemented to your dental implants or original teeth on one side of the empty space.

Why Would You Need a Dental Crown or Dental Bridge?

Reasons for Getting Dental Crowns and Bridges?

There can be one or many of the following reasons to get dental crowns or bridges: 

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • The tooth has a root canal

What Does Getting a Dental Crown and Bridge Involve?

Procedure for getting a dental crown or bridge usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. Similarly, for bridges, Dr. Orfaly may file the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Measurements for making the bridge will be taken.

At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.  At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, you will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your crown.

Benefits Of Getting Dental Crowns And Bridges

Dental crowns or bridges are effective treatments to cover the gaps in between teeth created by one or more missing teeth. There are many ways in which dental crowns and bridges prove to be useful.

Benefits of Crowns

  • Support a tooth that has been significantly decayed or damaged.
  • Protect a tooth that has been worn away to prevent further wear.
  • Hold a severely broken or cracked tooth together.
  • Cover a dental implant.
  • Improve the dental appearance by changing its shape or color.
  • Improve chewing or eating.

Benefits of Bridges

  • Restoring a natural look to your mouth.
  • Restoring the ability to speak properly as missing teeth can cause slurred speech.
  • Maintaining normal facial structure by preventing bone loss from the jaw at the site of the missing tooth.
  • Preventing adjacent teeth from moving into the missing tooth space and later causing other complications.

To read more about dental crowns and bridges, click here.

This article was first posted on November 5, 2018 and last updated on March 10, 2021.

About the author

Dr. George Orfaly

Dr. George Orfaly, D.M.D.

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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