Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth and restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To make cosmetic improvements to misshaped or severely discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between.

Bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

Learn more about the causes, treatment and aftercare for crowns and bridges here. Then give Glen Oaks Dental a call – Dr. Craven and Dr. Bejarano will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for you.