Find out how these two restorations could give you back that healthy smile.
Most people will require some kind of dental work at some point during their lifetime. If our Akron, OH, family dentist, Dr. Arthur Benson, has told you that you need a dental crown or that you could benefit from getting a bridge, you may be doing some research and trying to learn more about these restorations. Here are some things you should know about crowns and bridges.
What is a crown?
Okay, most people know what a dental crown is, even if they’ve never had one. That’s because most people know someone who has one. A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is hollow on the inside so that it can encase the crown of a natural tooth to protect, restore, and strengthen it. In most cases, a crown is restorative in nature but it can also be used to improve the appearance of a severely discolored or misshapen tooth.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic used to replace a missing tooth (or two teeth in a row). A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are made to fit over neighboring teeth on both sides of the gap. Then the false tooth or teeth (known as a pontic) are placed in the gap and cemented to the crowns.
Am I a good candidate for crowns and bridges?
Are you considering whether you might need one or both of these restorations to improve the health of your smile? If so, then you’ll want to schedule a consultation with our Akron general dentist so Dr. Benson can examine your teeth and make sure you are right for either of these restorations.
You could be an ideal candidate for crowns if you are dealing with any of these issues:
- A weakened tooth
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- An infected tooth that needs root canal treatment
- A malformed, misshapen, or discolored tooth
- Tooth loss (crowns can support bridges or cover an implant)
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is missing a single tooth you could turn to dental bridges to get your smile back on track. Of course, we will need to make sure that the teeth on either side of the gap are strong enough to support dental crowns and the false tooth.
Do you have questions about getting crowns and bridges in Akron, OH? If so, turn to our very own dentist, Dr. Benson, to help you decide the right treatment option to restore your smile. Call us today.