What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
By Green Bay Family Dentistry
May 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you concerned about an unattractive, damaged, or missing tooth? Dental crowns offered by your Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry, will help you restore and enhance your smile.

How dental crowns and bridges improve your smile

Thanks to crowns and bridges, it's possible to correct any issues that affect the appearance or function of your teeth. Crowns, or caps, fit over the very tops of teeth, covering them on all four sides. The hollow restorations are often made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials not only look just like tooth enamel but can withstand years of wear and tear.

Crowns are cemented onto teeth that have been reduced in size. The restorations are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a perfect fit. During a visit to the Green Bay dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • You broke your tooth: Crowns replace lost tooth structure and restore the natural shape and height of your tooth. Adding a crown also covers sharp edges that can cut your mouth.
  • Your tooth is cracked or weak: Cracks weaken your tooth, making it more likely to break if you bite into a piece of fruit or sandwich. Teeth can also become fragile due to aging, root canal therapy, or large fillings. Crowns strengthen weak teeth and reduce the risk of a break.
  • Your tooth is unattractive: Crowns lengthen teeth that are naturally short or that have shortened due to wear and tear or grinding and clenching your teeth at night. They can also hide discolorations and imperfections and change the shape of crooked, pointed, or twisted teeth.

Crowns are an integral part of bridges, dental appliances that restore one or two missing teeth. Bridges are made up of artificial teeth connected to dental crowns on either end. The crown portions of the bridge are cemented onto supporting teeth that anchor the bridge firmly in place.

Bridges aren't the only way to replace missing teeth. Combining a crown with a dental implant creates a brand new tooth that feels just like the tooth you lost. Your dental implant is a synthetic root that bonds to your jawbone, providing a stable foundation for your crown.

Renew your smile with dental crowns and bridges! Call your dentist in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry, at (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment.