Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices cemented onto your existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures that you can take out and clean daily, these restorations are permanent. Only your dentist can remove crowns and bridges.
Crowns entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or implant. Bridges, on the other hand, cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. Dr. Berkowitz cements them to natural teeth or implants surrounding the area where the tooth was lost.
Not only do crowns strengthen your damaged teeth, but they can also improve the appearance, shape, or alignment of your teeth as well. Dr. Berkowitz can also place a crown on top of your dental implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure.
Depending on the position of the crown, structural needs, and aesthetic concerns, Dr. Berkowitz can use different materials. For more of an improved aesthetic look, you can choose porcelain or ceramic crowns to match the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, or porcelain fused to metal.
Reasons you may want a crown include:
Dr. Berkowitz may recommend a bridge if you're missing one or more teeth.
Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause remaining teeth to rotate or shift. This results in imbalances that could lead to issues like gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Dr. Berkowitz cements bridges to your natural teeth or implants so they can span the space where teeth are missing. These teeth are called abutments, which serve as anchors for a new bridge. Dr. Berkowitz then attaches a replacement tooth, called a pontic, to the crowns that cover the abutments. Similar to crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges.
Call Dr. Berkowitz or schedule an appointment online to see if crowns and bridges could improve your smile.
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