Dental Crowns & Bridges | Leander
Sometimes you need more than just a typical filling. Bridges and crowns are necessary when teeth begin to break down. Fillings are not meant to last forever and every time you replace a filling, more of the tooth has to be sculpted down. Eventually, the tooth becomes too weak to repair.
What exactly is a dental crown?
A dental crown covers an existing tooth when the original tooth is no longer strong enough on its own. The original tooth may have too much decay and when drilled out is left so weak that repairing it with a filling won’t work. At this point the tooth must be sculpted down and a ‘crown’ is fitted on top of it. The crown is secured by a special dental bond which acts like a cement or glue to hold it in place. Crowns can last a very long time. Most crowns are made from ceramic or porcelain and are made specifically to fit your mouth and shade matched to your other teeth so they look exactly like the original tooth. That is why crowns cost more than a typical filling and take a longer office visit.
Crowns can restore the strength and integrity of a tooth that is damaged, cracked, or decaying. Crowns are fixed to the top of your tooth, which prevents the tooth and its roots from further damage or deterioration.
What exactly is a dental bridge?
Sometimes, a tooth cannot be saved. In this case, you’ll have a missing tooth and you can choose to close the gap, or ‘bridge’ the gap with a fake tooth. A bridge is a fake tooth in between two crowns. They are made similar to a crown with porcelain, and the fake tooth is built into the two surrounding crowns as one piece. This is how the fake tooth is held in place.
Bridges do not require surgery. Modern dental technology now has the option of implants, but implants can take up to several months whereas bridges can take a few weeks. A dental bridge can be more cost effective treatment. Because of the cost, most insurance companies may cover a bridge and choose not to cover an implant.