Both crowns & bridges are prosthetic devices that remain in place on a permanent basis.
If you’ve spent any time in a dental office, you may have heard the staff refer to crowns & bridges. However, if you aren’t sure what they are used for, here’s some helpful information. A crown is a cap or cover placed over the top of a damaged tooth. A bridge fills in one or more missing teeth, spanning the entire space where the teeth once sat. Both crowns & bridges are prosthetic devices that remain in place on a permanent basis. They are attached to implants or existing teeth with cement and can only be removed by a professional, which is one way in which they differ from dentures or other removable prosthetics.
Crowns can be used to cover a dental implant, replace a tooth that has severe decay and can’t be filled, restore a broken or fractured tooth, protect a weakened tooth to prevent it from fracturing, or cover a tooth that is discolored or improperly shaped. They can serve as both functional and cosmetic additions to your mouth. If you have had a root canal, the dentist will typically recommend a crown to cover the tooth.
For patients in and around Winston-Salem, North Carolina, crowns & bridges are available from Kenneth R. Russell DDS. Dr. Russell can examine your mouth and determine which option will be the best, based on your individual needs and situation. He may also recommend the placement of both, depending on what has happened to your natural teeth. At our office, you can enjoy gentle dentistry and a relaxing atmosphere, even for crowns & bridges.