How Do I Know if I Need a Crown or Bridge? – Some Clues

There are so many different dental procedures that keeping track of them is difficult for people who haven’t gone through dental training. Two of the most common are crowns and bridges. These two types of treatment are normally used to provide health for a mouth as well as to create a more pleasing look and feel. As a result, determining whether or not you need a crown or a bridge can be important. While the ultimate decision will be up to your dentist, it’s a good idea to know more about your options. A crown is a kind of cap that is placed over a damaged tooth. If you have a tooth that has suffered from excessive decay, damage, or other issues, then there’s a chance a crown may be placed over it. This treatment is usually used when a tooth is too damaged for other options to help it – when things like sealants, fillings, and cleanings won’t prevent decay. In this case you’ll probably end up getting a crown placed on your tooth. If you suspect that a crown can help with a problematic tooth, setting up an appointment to ask your dentist about treatment options is a good idea. A bridge, on the other hand, is a type of dental prosthetic that takes the place of missing teeth. It’s similar to a ‘partial’ except that it’s permanent and, in situations where a group of teeth are missing between healthy ones, it is often used. If you have this problem and want to fix it, getting fitted for a bridge is probably the solution that your dental professional will choose to employ for you. You’ll get fitted for the bridge and then return to have it applied to your mouth. It’s a simple solution and one worth considering. A third option to consider is known as a crown and bridge procedure. The bridge is actually molded along with two crowns in this procedure. The crowns are then applied to the unhealthy teeth on either end of the gap, while the bridge spans the gap between the teeth. It’s a combination of the two procedures and one that is a semi-permanent solution to many dental problems. Knowing what your treatment options are concerning your oral health is important; any one of these options is a good choice that your dentist might employ for you.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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