Dental crowns and bridges can give your smile a renewed, rejuvenated look in just a few dental appointments. However, understanding the pros and cons of these porcelain dental restorations and how they can work with your smile is crucial to determining whether they are right for you and your smile. Find out more about dental crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise at Avenue Dental Group in Menomonee Falls, WI.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap-like dental restoration which resembles a natural tooth. Dental crowns preserve the natural structure of a tooth above the gum line. A dental laboratory carves the crown from a block of ceramic and color-matches it to the patients other teeth to ensure a natural look. Dentists use crowns to repair a broken tooth, stabilize a tooth with a large filling, improve the appearance of a tooth, or hold a dental bridge in place.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth. They are made up of a line of three or more prosthetic teeth in a row with a dental crown on either end. A removable bridge has metal clasps instead of crowns. Once bonded into place, a crown fills in the gap left behind by a missing tooth.
What can I expect from a crown or bridge procedure?
Before placing a crown or bridge, your dentist must first prepare the teeth to receive the crown or crowns. This process involves removing a layer of enamel from the top and sides of a tooth and shaping it into the same form as the inside of the crown. Then, the crown fits over the tooth, bonded into place using dental cement.
Crowns and Bridges in Menomonee Falls, WI
Crowns and bridges improve the functionality and appearance of the teeth. If you think you could benefit from a dental crown or bridge, consult with your dentist to ensure this is the best form of treatment for your smile. For more information on crowns or bridges in the Menomonee Falls, WI area, please contact Dr. Brian Stark, Dr. Thomas J. Dudley, & Dr. Malea M. Blise at Avenue Dental Group. Call (262) 251-6555 to schedule your appointment today!