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The Importance of Crowns and Bridges

These popular dental restorations may be exactly what you need to restore damaged teeth. 

Yes, teeth are amazingly strong and yet, even problems can occur that can lead to cracks, chips, fractures, and missing teeth. If you are dealing with a damaged or missing tooth then perhaps our Noblesville, IN, dentist Dr. Meghan Potee has talked with you about the benefits of getting dental crowns or bridges. Wondering how a crown and bridge can restore your smile? Talk to Potee Family Dentistry today.

How a Crown Works

Before we get into why you may need a crown or bridge, it’s first important to understand how these two restorations work. A crown, as you probably know, is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over a tooth to protect it. A crown is usually placed over a weak or damaged tooth to prevent further damage to the tooth while also becoming its new and stronger outer layer. Our Noblesville, IN, family dentist always provides custom crowns, which are tailored to fit perfectly over your tooth or teeth.

How a Dental Bridge Works 

This is another custom-made dental prosthetic that is most often used to replace a single missing tooth or two teeth in a row. A bridge fills that gap with one or more false teeth (known as a pontic). Crowns are first cemented over healthy neighboring teeth and are designed to hold the false teeth, which sit between the crowns, firmly in place.

Good Candidates for Crowns and Bridges

A crown is an incredibly versatile restoration that offers both restorative and cosmetic benefits. Our dentist may recommend a crown if,

  • You have to undergo root canal treatment
  • You have a broken or cracked tooth
  • You have a severely worn-down tooth
  • You have a severe cavity
  • You have a severely discolored or misshapen tooth

If you are missing one or two teeth, then you may very well be a good candidate for a dental bridge. Of course, we will need to make sure that the teeth surrounding the gap are healthy enough to support crowns and your fixed bridge.

Do you have questions about dental crowns and bridges? Need to discuss your restorative treatment options with our Noblesville, IN, dentist, Dr. Meghan Potee? If so, call our office today at (317) 773-0883 to schedule a consultation.

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