What Are Crowns and Bridges?

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
February 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How crowns and bridgework can improve your smile.

Dental crowns and bridges are a dental restorative treatment to fix teeth that are badly decayed or damaged, or to replace missing teeth dental crownswith a permanent, fixed solution. They are made from a variety of materials which can be color-matched to blend with your existing teeth. Dental crowns and bridges can complete your smile. But don’t see just anyone. You deserve the best like your dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL.

Dental crowns are a strong, protective cap placed over the entire visible part of your tooth. Dental crowns are often placed over weakened teeth with root canals to keep the teeth from fracturing. The goal of dental crowns is to strengthen your tooth. In contrast, large fillings can actually weaken your tooth and make it more prone to fracture. Dental crowns also provide a more cosmetically beautiful option than a bulky metal filling.

Your Bolingbrook dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care want you to know you have several materials to choose from for your crown. You should consider:

  • Gold, which is the strongest material, usually reserved for back teeth
  • Porcelain fused to metal, which is both strong and beautiful and can be placed in any location in the mouth
  • Full porcelain, which is the most cosmetically beautiful, usually placed over front teeth or teeth that show when you smile

Dental bridges are designed to replace missing teeth. The teeth immediately before and after the missing teeth support the bridge and are called the abutment teeth. They will “anchor” the bridge in place. The teeth within the bridge are prosthetic crowns, called pontics. The bridge and abutment teeth can be color-matched to your existing teeth, providing a seamless, virtually indistinguishable addition to your smile.

Dental crowns and bridges are the perfect choice to restore your smile and give you full chewing ability once again. If you are thinking about dental crowns or bridgework, stop in and see the best, your dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL. They can help you discover the magic of dental crowns and bridgework, so call today!