Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that protect and strengthen vulnerable teeth. Crowns are sometimes affixed to dental implants. They look and function just like your natural teeth.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
Protect a chipped or cracked tooth from fracture
Replace a filling
Restore the look of a permanently discolored tooth
Cover an implant
Cover a tooth with a large filling
Protect a tooth that’s had a root canal
Crowns may be made of metal, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, all ceramic, or all porcelain.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth or set of teeth that “bridges” a gap in your smile. The bridge fixes to a crown placed on either side of the appliance.
The benefits that a bridge provides include preventing the shifting of natural teeth into gaps. The bridge restores your teeth’s alignment, making your smile look natural. Plus, you still have optimal ability to chew and speak.
WPD Dental Group has an on-site dental lab so they can control all of the work done to create your crown or bridge.
For a crown, your dentist uses a strong, biocompatible adhesive or cement to adhere the appliances to your affected teeth. A bridge requires the teeth adjacent to the gap to be filed down and fitted for crowns. Then your dentist bonds the bridge to these crowns.
WPD Dental Group has the advantage of offering an on-site lab, so crowns and bridges are created in-office. You don’t have to schedule multiple appointments — the entire fitting and application of the restoration can usually be done in one visit.
Your dentist uses a camera to create a digital image of your teeth and the computer designs a custom crown that matches your teeth in color, size, and shape. The computer design transfers to a milling unit, creating the crown while you wait.
If you’re in need of a crown or a bridge, contact WPD Dental Group for expert, expedient application. Call today or book an appointment online.