Discover All That Crowns And Bridges Can Do For Your Smile

By Hillis Family Denta
August 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crown   Bridges  

If you are embarrassed by missing or damaged teeth, repairing your smile can do wonders for your self-esteem. Dental crowns and bridges can help you restore functionality to your teeth and give you a smile you love. Learn more about dental crowns and bridges with Dr. Amanda Hillis at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO.Crowns

When is a crown necessary? 
Though a dental crown has many uses, its main objective is protecting a broken or weakened tooth. However, dentists also use crowns to:

  • stabilize a tooth with a large filling
  • cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • restore the biting surface of a worn down tooth
  • strengthen a broken tooth without compromising the tooth’s structure

A dental laboratory creates each crown based on an impression of your mouth sent in by your dentist. Laboratory technicians work hard to color-match each restoration to blend in with your natural teeth flawlessly.

When is a bridge necessary? 
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. Similar to a crown, a dental laboratory customizes a bridge based on the patient’s mouth. A permanent bridge has crowns on either side to hold it in place using the natural teeth surrounding the gap. Removable bridges use metal clasps on each side which latch onto the natural teeth for support. Permanent bridges require preparation of the teeth while removable bridges do not

Crowns and Bridges in St. Peters, MO
Dental crowns require your dentist to prepare the tooth in question. This involves removing enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and shaping it into the same form as the inside of the crown. This ensures a snug fit and a solid bond between the restoration and your tooth. Bridges have crowns on either end. This makes it necessary to prepare the two surrounding natural teeth to receive the bridge.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Amanda Hillis at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO. Call (636) 970-7902 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hillis today!