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It's important to have the information you need when you're making decisions about your health care. At SW Nebraska Dental Center, we take the time to answer each of your questions and address your concerns.
We do hear a few questions on a regular basis, and we've collected some of those here. Take a look and see if the answers you need are below. If your question isn't answered here or you'd like more information, don't hesitate to call our office!
Crowns & Bridges
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, the doctor will either take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge or use our CEREC to custom fit a crown right in our office.
The doctors may recommend a bridge if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMD) disorders.
Dr. Haag will place a crown to cover or "cap" a damaged tooth.
Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape, or alignment. At Southwest Nebraska Dental Center, we employ CAD/CAM technology using CEREC to fabricate your crowns directly in our office.
A crown may be recommended for the following cases/issues:
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out and are also susceptible to decay underneath them. That is why the most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene.
See us at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth. They are often needed when a large cavity or crack threatens the ongoing health of a tooth.
A bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth.
Both crowns and most bridges are permanently cemented into your mouth. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.