St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.

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 St. Charles, IL 60174
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Posts for: August, 2015

By St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd.
August 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Dental CrownsIs it time to see your dentist at St. Charles Family Dentistry about repairing or replacing your badly damaged or missing tooth? If so, your dentist is likely to recommend either a crown or a bridge. Read on to learn more about these two treatments and to find out which one might be right for you.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that can be placed over an existing tooth or used to replace a missing tooth.

When is a Dental Crown Necessary?

Dental crowns from a dentist at St. Charles Family Dentistry are typically used to repair cavities that are too large for fillings, to provide support for a tooth that is cracked or chipped, to repair a tooth after a root canal and to replace a tooth that is missing.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge consists of three or more crowns attached together. They are used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth and can be attached either to the surrounding teeth on both sides or to the jawbone with dental implants.

When is a Dental Bridge Necessary?

Dental bridges are only used to replace missing or badly damaged teeth; they are not used to repair teeth.

Is a Crown or Bridge Right for Me?

Whether a crown or bridge is right for you will depend on the type of dental treatment you need. If your tooth is badly damaged but does not need to be replaced, a dental crown will likely be your best option. If you have one tooth that needs to be replaced, you may opt for either a dental bridge or a dental implant supported crown. If you have multiple missing teeth, you may opt for a tooth-supported or implant-supported dental bridge.

Whether you need a crown, a bridge or a completely separate treatment is a decision only you and your dentist can make together. If you have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth, talk to your dentist at St. Charles Family Dentistry to find out more about your options today.