Having an incomplete smile or weak teeth limits what you can eat and how often you feel like showing off your smile. At Brookside Dental in Nampa, Idaho, Robbie Hamblin, DDS, and his team provide durable crowns and bridges to reinforce your bite strength or improve the look of your smile. To review options for crowns and bridges, call Brookside Dental or book an appointment online today.
Dental bridges and crowns are two types of dental appliances that restore your smile to a stronger or more complete state. They work differently and are necessary in different cases, but their preparation and placement are similar because bridges include crowns.
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over teeth with compromised strength or structure. They sit over your teeth permanently and are often necessary after you break a tooth, get a root canal, or if you want to improve an unattractive tooth’s appearance.
Dental bridges include one or two crowns to go over the teeth or a single tooth near a gap. They also include a false tooth to fill the gap after you lose a tooth or have an extraction.
The procedure for getting crowns and bridges is very similar. It involves two visits to Brookside Dental. At your first visit, Dr. Hamblin and his team prepare the tooth or teeth that need crowns and take impressions of them. They send the impressions of your teeth to a lab and use them to create your custom crown or bridge. They also look at the color of your teeth and find the right shade to use for your final device.
While you wait, Dr. Hamblin gives you a temporary crown or bridge that isn’t as strong as the permanent one that you may wear until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, Dr. Hamblin removes the temporary appliance and makes sure that the new permanent one fits. Then, he cements it into place and might make some final adjustments to make sure it looks natural.
There are several materials available for crowns and bridges that look and feel similar to your natural teeth. Dr. Hamblin offers crowns and bridges made with:
Ceramic and porcelain crowns look nearly identical to your natural teeth and are still quite strong and durable.
Zirconium is a type of titanium metal that is very strong. It doesn’t look much like your natural teeth, but it’s an excellent option for crowns over molars that need a lot of biting and chewing strength.
If you have a weak or damaged tooth and want to preserve it with a crown, or if you’ve lost a tooth and need a bridge, call Brookside Dental or book a free consultation online today.