Having a smile you love is important. However, getting there may take some work. Luckily, crowns and bridges can restore your missing, damaged, or otherwise compromised teeth to get it into tip-top shape. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI.
Why do I need a crown?
Crowns are necessary when a tooth becomes damaged, injured, or broken. If this occurs, the tooth is more vulnerable to further damage and can begin to hurt. Additionally, an untreated broken tooth could lead to extraction if left untreated. A dental crown fits over the tooth to prevent this damage from happening and stabilizes the tooth against everyday use.
Why do I need a bridge?
A dental bridge fills a gap between two healthy teeth. The bridge itself has dental crowns on either side to hold it in place using the healthy teeth as anchors. Made from porcelain, the bridge closely resembles the natural teeth and blends into your smile to fill in your gap. Your dentist can help you determine if a bridge is right for you and your smile.
The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Aside from making your smile whole, filling in your gaps with a dental bridge will help keep the teeth surrounding the gap from shifting to compensate for the new space in the mouth. Dental crowns stabilize the tooth, keeping it intact and preserving its natural structure. This prevents issues related to extracting the tooth altogether, such as bone atrophy.
Crowns and Bridges in Green Bay, WI
Before placing a crown or bridge, your dentist will first shape the tooth into the correct form to fit inside the crown. This process involves removing parts of the tooth’s enamel from the top and sides of the tooth. Your dentist will then make any necessary last-minute changes to the crown and affix it to the tooth using dental cement.
Since the crown or bridge will require a dental laboratory to create it, you will need to schedule two separate dental appointments with about two weeks between them to give the laboratory time to create the restoration.
For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI. Call (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment for a crown or bridge consultation today!