Crowns and Bridges Give Your Smile a Second Chance
Discover more about these common restorations and how they might be able to help your smile.
No one wants to deal with a damaged smile and yet it happens more than you might think. Perhaps you were out on the field playing football and the wrong tackle knocked out your tooth or you bit down on something crunchy just to find a piece of your tooth had chipped off. If you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth then our Batavia, IL, dentist, John C. Koechley, D.D.S., might just have a solution.
Should I get a dental crown?
A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is custom made to fit over a tooth to make a weak or damaged tooth strong again. Just like a real tooth, a dental crown is designed to look just like a natural crown. Crowns can be made from everything from porcelain to ceramic to metal. The type of material our Batavia cosmetic dentist chooses will depend on many factors including expense, aesthetics and which tooth needs a dental crown.
A dental crown might be a good restoration for you if:
- You have a weak tooth
- Your tooth has become damaged by decay, infection or an injury
- Your tooth is severely malformed, misshapen or discolored
- You need to support a traditional dental bridge
- You are replacing a single missing tooth with a dental implant
Is a dental bridge a better option for me?
If you are suffering from tooth loss and not a damaged or weak tooth then a dental bridge will probably be a better fit based on your needs. We do offer many ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth, but dental bridges are often appealing because treatment is quick, easy and painless, and it will prevent the rest of your natural teeth from shifting out of alignment.
If you are getting a traditional dental bridge we will need to prepare a tooth on both sides of the gap so that they support dental crowns. These dental crowns will then be cemented to the artificial tooth or teeth—which lie between the crowns—to fill the gap.
Are you ready to learn more about getting dental crowns and bridges in Batavia, IL? If so, then schedule a consultation with us to find out if you are right for either of these treatments.