If you have a tooth that’s chipped, decayed, broken, or even missing altogether, it can be hard to find a reason to smile. At Galleria Dentistry, we want to help revitalize your smile with restorations known as dental crowns and bridges. These treatments are designed to help restore your tooth structure or even replace a lost tooth entirely, depending on what your smile needs. Your dentist in Naples can evaluate your oral health and determine what kind of crown or bridge you need to restore your smile’s full potential. If you’re ready to receive a crown or bridge today, give us a call.
Dental crowns in Naples are tooth-shaped caps that slip over a tooth. They cover the entire visible surface of the tooth, including the front, back, and sides. Crowns generally serve two purposes: to protect what remains of the tooth and to rebuild the tooth’s original shape and strength.
A dental bridge consists of several crowns strung together. Unlike crowns, which are used to protect a natural tooth, dental bridges in Naples are designed to replace a tooth that is missing. The crowns on either end of the bridge are placed over your remaining teeth on the end of the space in your smile. The crowns in between, called “pontics,” literally bridge the gap. Like crowns, bridges usually take two visits to create, and you will wear a temporary restoration while your permanent one is being crafted.
Crowns can help restore your problem tooth back to what it used to be. Your tooth will look incredibly lifelike, so much so that no one but your dental team should be able to tell the difference between your crown and the rest of your natural teeth. You’ll be able to smile with confidence once again.
Bridges are a great option for replacing a missing tooth or even several consecutive missing teeth. Missing teeth can make eating, speaking, and even smiling awkward or embarrassing, but dental bridges can solve that problem. In addition to being incredibly realistic, bridges allow you to eat all your favorite foods just like you could before you lose your tooth or teeth. They also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting to fill in the gap left behind.
We typically recommend a dental bridge for patients with missing teeth who are not good candidate for dental implants. While bridges don’t last as long, they are a great alternative because they cost less and don’t require oral surgery.
Crowns are typically suggested in the following situations: