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All About Crowns And Bridges

  • April 25, 2017

All About Crowns And Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are a great way to fix problem teeth. They can protect damaged teeth or make teeth more attractive. The good thing is that the procedures for placing them are much less complicated than other restorative procedures like dental implants.

At Dr. Thomas J. Feder’s dentist office in Belleville, IL, we can custom design and place crowns and bridges that look just like your natural teeth.

What Is A Crown And When Is It Needed?

A dental crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. There are many reasons you would need a crown on a tooth.

Here are the most common reasons:

Large cavity: When a tooth has a cavity that involves half the width of the tooth or more, it can no longer be fixed with just the filling.

Cracked tooth: Sometimes you’ll get a fracture in a tooth that will be painful when you bite down on it a certain way. It might feel like your tooth is splitting apart. A crown holds the tooth together and can eliminate the pain in most instances.

Broken cusps: A cusp is the raised point on the crown of a tooth. They frequently break due to trauma or large existing fillings. Since the cusps are stressed the most when you’re chewing, they need to be completely covered or the tooth will keep fracturing.

Root canal: Root canal treatment leaves a tooth hollowed out. That tooth is then vulnerable to splitting or cracking. We can restore functionality to that tooth by placing a crown.

Excessive tooth wear: If you grind your teeth, they’ll become shorter over time. Teeth can also wear away because of acid erosion from acid reflux or an acidic diet. Eventually, the bite can collapse. We restore the teeth by increasing the bite and covering the teeth with crowns.

Bite. Crowns can be used to correct a dental occlusion.

Cosmetic problems: Teeth that have a poor appearance due to color or shape or teeth that have too-wide spaces between them can be made to look better with crowns. Dental veneers can also enhance the look of the front teeth. They look very natural, and sometimes they don’t even require preparing or shaving the existing teeth as a crown does.

Crowns can be made from different materials from ceramic to metal to a composite material. We’ll help you choose the right material depending on where in your mouth the crown will go. For example, if the crown is in the back of your mouth where you need more chewing power, we may recommend it be made out of metal, a stronger and more durable material. If a crown is placed in the front where it’s visible, we may recommend an all-ceramic one so that it would blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth.

What Is A Bridge And When Is It Needed?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, we might recommend a bridge. We don’t like to leave a gap once a tooth is removed because gaps allow the remaining teeth to rotate or shift. This can result in a bad bite.

Missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and possibly temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Bridges are usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to the natural teeth (or implants) surrounding the empty space. We call these teeth abutments. They serve as anchors for the bridge.

We place a replacement tooth called a pontic and attach it to the crowns that cover the abutments.

Bridges are made of the same material as crowns, and we would make recommendations on what material to use based on the location of the bridge in the mouth.

Bridges can:

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

Make An Appointment

If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for a dental crown or bridge, please contact our team directly. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and help you schedule an appointment! Call Thomas J. Feder, DDS at 618‑219‑1412 or send us a message using our online contact form.

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