Dental Crowns and Bridges in Cresskill, New Jersey
A dental crown or bridge is a desirable restorative dentistry option for many patients at Cresskill Dental. Dental crowns help restore broken, cracked, or decayed teeth, while dental bridges can help replace one or more missing teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is like a cap placed on top of your existing tooth. We use it to restore dental decay or chipped or broken teeth. In the case of dental decay, when a tooth develops a lot of decay, you may need a crown because a dental filling is not possible to restore the tooth as there is not enough substantial tooth for the dental filling to attach.
Dr. Lee may also recommend a dental crown to repair the crack if you have a cracked tooth. She will first remove the broken part if we cannot salvage it, and then she will prepare the tooth for the dental crown. The dental crown is then placed on the tooth and attached with a bonding material.
There are a few other reasons that dental crowns may be a part of your treatment plan. One reason is if you are looking to make your teeth appear more prominent or whiter. We use dental crowns not only for restorative dentistry procedures but also for cosmetic dentistry.
What is a Dental Bridge?
There are a few key similarities between a dental crown and a dental bridge. Many patients like to think of a dental bridge as multiple dental crowns attached. The dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge has two dental crowns on either end of it. These crowns attach to the adjacent teeth to the missing tooth, creating a bridge.
Another reason that Dr. Lee may recommend a dental bridge is because a missing tooth in your smile can lead to bone loss. When you have a tooth in each spot of your jaw, the bone underneath the jaw is stimulated when you eat, which leads the bones to stay strong. When there is a gap in the smile, not only is there a chance that the teeth can become crooked, it can also lead to bone loss in the jaw. Getting a dental bridge improves the appearance of your smile and improves the health of your smile.
What is a Dental Crown or Bridge Made of?
A dental crown or bridge consists of porcelain material. A porcelain crown is preferred in many cases because it is durable and matches your teeth’ color. The porcelain crown is also stain-resistant, an advantage that many patients enjoy.
Dental Implants, Crowns and Bridges
We also use crowns and bridges as a restoration solution for patients who receive dental implants. Patients receive dental implants if they are missing one or more teeth. Unlike dental bridges alone, dental implants replace the entire tooth from the root to the chewing surface, not just the top of the tooth. Depending on the restoration option you choose, a dental crown or bridge can be placed on top of a dental implant post. Talk to Dr. Lee to determine which restoration option is right for you.
Dental crowns and bridges can improve both your smile’s appearance and health. These therapeutic procedures are used independently and as an appliance with a dental implant. For more information about a dental crown or bridge or to schedule an appointment, call our office today.