Do I Need a Tooth Crown or Bridge?
Crowns and bridges serve two purposes: to restore the function of your teeth and to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile. These devices can last a very long time with the proper care, making them a popular option to treat tooth decay and other related ailments. If you are suffering from tooth pain, decay, or have one or more missing teeth, your dentist can advise you on the best oral solution for your smile.
Crowns vs. Bridges
Crowns and bridges are quite similar. Each device is designed to be placed over the teeth to ensure future functionality and optimal health. However, there are a few key differences that will affect which option is best for you.
- Crowns: Dental crowns are designed to cover only one tooth. They are most commonly applied after root canals but can also be used to cover a tooth that has degenerated due to decay or infection. Depending on the health of your tooth, your dentist may apply a temporary crown that lasts for a few weeks before installing your permanent device.
- Bridges: Dental bridges are typically used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. However, they must be anchored by a healthy tooth on both ends. Because permanent dental implants are not covered by some insurance plans, bridges tend to be a popular alternative for missing teeth.
Your Experience at Lakeside Dental
Whether you are visiting Lakeside Dental for a crown or a bridge appointment, you will be subject to the same care and dedication. The first step of each procedure involves taking dental impressions of your teeth. This process ensures that your crown or bridge will be a perfect fit. This step is typically its own separate session. After your tooth crown or bridge is ready, you can make your final appointment. When you arrive for the installation, Dr. Century or Dr. Singla will begin by applying an anesthetic and will check to make sure the area is devoid of sensation before beginning to install your crown or bridge. Your safety is our top priority. If you can still feel pain after the first round of anesthetic, we will repeat the process to ensure your comfort. Your crown or bridge will be molded and shaped to match the rest of your teeth, allowing for a natural and seamless finish. Your dentist will then work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that is specifically tailored to your oral health needs.