Create a Beautiful Smile With Crowns and Bridges

Damaged and lost teeth are nothing new, and they’re definitely not uncommon. Fortunately, we have a lot of ways to correct these problems. Crowns and bridges are excellent, trusted ways to repair and replace these teeth. Because bridges are often connected to a crown, they are usually referred to together, however, they are, indeed, two separate procedures.

What Is a Crown?

A crown, simply put, is a protective sheath that encases a weakened or broken tooth. They may be used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal or one that has a crack or significant breakage. If the roots of your tooth are sufficient, a crown can save the tooth. Crowns are also used as an attachment point for a bridge that is replacing a lost tooth or teeth.

Crowns may be made of many materials, such as metals, porcelain fused to metal, and all-porcelain ceramic crowns. Porcelain crowns offer the look of natural teeth, as porcelain reflects light in the same way as your tooth. We offer zirconia all porcelain crowns.

What is A Bridge?

Bridges are a tooth replacement technique that uses the adjacent, or abutment, teeth, to affix a prosthetic tooth or teeth into place. They function very much like natural teeth. These are also often made of porcelain or a porcelain/metal combination.

If you have broken teeth or gaps where you’ve lost teeth and would like to know more about the use of crowns and bridges to repair your smile, call Dr. Philip C. Carson at (423) 624-1313 to schedule a consultation.