If you have damaged or missing teeth, you may find a permanent crown or a bridge fit your lifestyle perfectly. At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, we offer custom crowns and bridges, to repair your smile, and restore proper function in your mouth.
Unlike removable devices, like dentures, crowns and bridges are permanent replacements for damaged or missing teeth. They are attached to either existing teeth, or implants, and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Crowns, or ‘caps,’ are used to completely cover a damaged tooth, or an implant. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, it can be used to improve shape, alignment, and appearance.
Our dentists may recommend crowns if you have a tooth that:
• Is weak, and could fracture
• Is already fractured
• Is misshapen
• Has had a root canal
• Needs to be completely replaced
• Requires a large filling
A bridge may be required to replace several missing teeth at once. Bridges are cemented onto existing natural teeth or implants, called abutments. If gaps made by missing teeth are left untreated, they can cause your existing teeth to shift. Shifting teeth can result in a bad bite, or even lead to periodontal diseases.
Our dentists may recommend a bridge if you have:
• Several teeth missing next to each other
• Weak, or fractured teeth that need to be removed and replaced
When crowns and bridges are used, the tooth, or surrounding teeth may need to be reduced in size to hold the crown on bridge. An impression is taken of your teeth, and custom pieces are made to fit perfectly into your mouth.
At Delray Beach Family Dentistry, our dentists install custom crowns that are made to match your natural teeth as closely as possible. In most cases no one will even know you have them installed.
Many patients have found that crowns and bridges are a great option, as with proper care, including daily brushing, and flossing, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. It is important that the surrounding teeth be well taken care of, so that they crowns and bridges don’t lose their support structure.