A crown or bridge can restore function, aesthetics, and health to damaged, diseased, or missing teeth. Crowns and bridges can provide patients with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover it. It can help restore a tooth's size, shape, strength, appearance, and alignment.
A crown can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. These restorations are used to cover a chipped, cracked, or decayed tooth. They are also used to cover a dental implant, protect a tooth after root canal therapy, or cover a tooth that has a large filling.
How is a Crown Placed?
Before a crown procedure, the tooth is prepared. If decay is present, the tooth may be treated with a dental filling. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth and place a temporary crown.
A dental lab will use the impression to make a custom crown for your tooth. After the crown is ready, the dentist will permanently cement it into place.
What is a Bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that provides a natural-looking replacement for one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge will fill the gap in your smile by anchoring a false tooth between two healthy teeth. This bridge can be made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. During your consultation, your dentist will go over the different types of bridges available and help you determine which one is right for you.
How is a Bridge Placed?
To prepare a tooth for a dental bridge, the dentist in Albuquerque, NM will make impressions of the teeth on either side of the gap. Those impressions are used to make a custom bridge that will be cemented in place. The bridge is anchored on either side by dental crowns.
The false teeth or pontics are then attached to the crowns, and they fill the space of the missing tooth/teeth. In order to create space for the pontics, the abutment teeth need to be recontoured.
What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Both dental crowns and bridges are custom-made to fit comfortably on top of the existing teeth. They restore the tooth's natural shape, size, and appearance. They look more natural than other restorations.
These restorations are also designed to match the color of surrounding teeth, so they are not noticeable. Plus, crowns and bridges are stain-resistant, so they will not discolor or stain over time.
At North Star Dental, we ensure to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (505) 369-1881 or visit us at 9501 Paseo del Norte NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87122. We will be happy to guide you further.