Crowns and Bridges
Achieve a Full Smile with Crowns and Bridges in Scottsdale, AZ
Dealing with gaps in your smile or damaged teeth? Crowns and bridges in Scottsdale, AZ may be the answer. We offer both dental crowns and fixed bridges at Waldman Dental Group to restore your smile.
A Closer Look at Crowns and Bridges
Crowns can be installed without bridges, but bridges can require the placement of crowns. Below is a closer look at both crowns and bridges, how they are used, and why.
Dental crowns are often referred to as dental caps because this is essentially what they are; a cap that slips over a tooth. Dental crowns are most often used to protect the structure of a tooth that is damaged. For example, if you have a tooth that has been affected by decay, a crown can restore the tooth’s outward appearance and protect against further deterioration. Also, dental crowns can be paired with implants to fill gaps where a tooth is missing.
Bridges are designed to fill gaps in your smile by bridging artificial teeth between adjacent teeth. A bridge can have only one artificial tooth (a pontic), but it can also have several artificial teeth. The bridge is held in place by the crowns that are bonded to the surrounding teeth. Bridges come in several types, but the most common is made using porcelain pontics fused to a metal support structure.
Reasons for Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges can be used for different reasons. However, both can be used for similar reasons. Below is a look at some reasons a dentist may recommend crowns or bridges:
- Fill gaps in your smile due to missing or damaged teeth
- Restore normal chewing function
- Restore the aesthetic appearance of a single tooth or your smile
- Prevent damage to remaining teeth by supporting a normal bite
- Restore the shape of your face
Installing a Crown or a Bridge – What to Expect
Whether you are getting a crown or a bridge, you can expect to visit the dentist a few times to complete the process. For crowns, the underlying tooth is prepared for the new crown, impressions are taken, and then the new crown is bonded in place. For bridges, the surrounding teeth are prepared for the new crowns to support the bridge, impressions are taken, and then the bridge is installed.
Talk to a Skilled Scottsdale Dentist About Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are an incredibly valuable tool when it comes to restorative dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ. If you are missing a tooth or two or have a damaged tooth, it may be time to reach out to a dentist for help. Reach out to us at Waldman Dental Group to schedule an appointment.