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By Dr. JoAnne Carr
February 21, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Bridges and crowns are two of the most popular dental solutions for damaged or missing teeth. These restorative treatments utilize prosthetic appliances for restoring your smile to its healthy and natural state. In general, dentists use crowns for fractured or damaged tooth structures, while bridges are used for restoring one or more missing teeth.

To determine if crowns and bridges will suit your needs, you can visit our practice, Thomas & JoAnne Carr, DDS, in Sunnyvale, CA. Here, one of our dentists, Drs. Thomas Carr, JoAnne Carr, or Robert Yee, can discuss the options available to you and tell you the most appropriate treatment for the results you want to achieve.

What are Crowns?

Crowns are manufactured or synthetic teeth that are made of ceramic or porcelain that dentists can texture and color-match to look like your existing teeth. They can likewise be made of metal alloys for enhanced strength for replacing teeth at the back of the mouth. In most cases, metal crowns are bonded with porcelain for improved durability and a more natural look.

Essentially, crowns are utilized for restoring weakened, fractured, or damaged teeth. The affected tooth will be treated for decay and reshaped to accommodate the crown. Next, the crown will be cemented over the reshaped tooth.

What are Bridges?

Bridges are prosthetic devices for replacing multiple missing teeth and are typically made of metal and porcelain to provide a natural look and sturdiness. A typical bridge contains false teeth secured between two crowns. During application, the existing teeth next to the gap will be prepped and reshaped before cementing the crowns and bridge. Once cemented, the bridge will work and look just like your real teeth.

Do I Need Crowns and Bridges?

Bridges and crowns can be utilized for repairing a variety of dental issues. If you have misshapen, severely discolored, damaged, fractured, or weakened teeth (due to severe decay) or you need a bridge that requires an anchor, crowns can help restore your smile. If you have one or several missing teeth or don’t want to wear dentures, a bridge may also be a viable option.

Need Dental Work? Call our Sunnyvale Office Today

Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Drs. Thomas Carr, JoAnne Carr, or Robert Yee, in our Sunnyvale, CA, office. Call Thomas & Joanne Carr, DDS, at (408) 733-4473 for more details.