Dental crowns and bridges are some of the most common dental prosthetic devices used today. Crowns and bridges are used to repair or replace damaged or lost teeth, respectively. Many people use crowns and bridges because they restore the natural ability of your teeth to chew. They also can be very aesthetically pleasing, matching the appearance of your natural teeth. A dental crown or bridge can help to save your oral health and improve your quality of life.
A crown is made of a synthetic material and is cemented onto your tooth in order to repair a fracture or large decay. Crowns completely cover your existing tooth and restore it to fully functional natural abilities. A crown is made to look and act just like your healthy natural tooth, meaning no one will be able to tell you have had a restoration.
A bridge is often used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made up of one or more crowns that are cemented to your natural teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Your surrounding teeth help to anchor the bridge and the replacement tooth, which is attached to the bridge to occupy the space left by the missing tooth.
We offer several different types of materials for crowns and bridges. Here are some of our options:
- Zirconium with porcelain
- e.max (glass-ceramic)
- PMF (porcelain fused to metal)
The most common types of material used at our office are zirconium with porcelain and e.max, due to their durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal. However, if one of the other options works better for your specific circumstance, we will go with that option. We want to make sure your restoration is successful and that you are fully satisfied with it. A consultation with Dr. Ericksen is the best way to determine which type of crown or bridge would be best for you.
We also offer implant-supported bridges. These bridges are supported by a dental implant. This support gives them extra stability and helps them to last longer than traditional bridges. The durability of implant-supported bridges makes them a popular option for many people. Check out our page on dental implants to learn more about implant-supported dentures.
Inlays and onlays may also be a good option for you. Inlays and onlays work much like crowns, but cover only part of your tooth. Inlays typically cover the biting surface of your tooth in order to fill in areas damaged by decay. Onlays are used when part of your tooth has been damaged by decay but the rest of the tooth is healthy. They replace the damaged portion over the cusps, but they do not cover your entire tooth like crowns do.
If you have any questions about dental crowns, bridges, implant-supported bridges, inlays, or onlays, please contact our office today at 801-618-0609. You can also fill out our online form. We’re here to help!