Dental Crowns and Bridges – Glenpool, OK
Regaining Your Smile’s Strength
When you have a tooth that is missing, decayed, or damaged, you need to have it restored. After all, you use your teeth to help you eat, speak, and smile confidently, and having even just one tooth out of commission can negatively impact those functions. That’s where dental crowns and bridges come in. At Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry, we’re proud to offer these restoration options for patients whose teeth have become weakened somehow. We want to help you regain your oral health and get your smile back on track, and we can do so with dental crowns and bridges.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a dental prosthetic, usually made of a ceramic material, that is used to replace the part of the tooth above the gum line, called the crown. When extensive decay or damage occurs to the tooth, a dental crown is placed over the small remaining portion to give it strength and protection. Also, in conjunction with a dental implant, a dental crown allows you to have full function of your missing tooth again, while looking completely natural.
What are dental bridges?
When a tooth has been extracted, it leaves a hole in your smile. A dental bridge is just one way to fill in that gap. Basically, it includes preparing two surrounding teeth by removing some of their structure and placing an appliance over them. This appliance, or bridge, consists of two dental crowns with a replacement prosthetic in the middle. These healthy teeth serve as anchors for the replacement tooth, holding it in place and preserving the proper spacing and alignment of your bite.
What are the benefits of dental crowns and bridges?
Although they serve slightly different purposes, dental crowns and bridges both do the following:
- Appear natural.
- Restore function and strength of lost, decayed, or damaged teeth.
- Last a long time.
- Are very secure.
- Protect natural teeth from decay, when properly cared for.
- Replace a missing tooth.
How do I know whether I need a dental crown or bridge?
In some cases, one of our experienced dentists will tell you when you may need a dental crown or bridge. For instance, the decay or damage to a tooth may necessitate a crown rather than tooth-colored fillings, inlays, or onlays. Or if you’re missing a tooth that is surrounded by two healthy teeth, we may recommend getting a dental bridge or a dental implant, which is topped with a dental crown. Whatever your situation or your needs, it is important to talk openly with your dentist about your treatment options so that you can feel confident moving forward.
Our dedicated team at Complete Cosmetic Care Dentistry is excited to help you get the treatment you need to have a beautiful, healthy smile for many years to come. Contact us to make an appointment with one of our dentists to get started today!