Billings Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its
shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn or partially
destroyed by tooth decay.
Crowns are ‘cemented’ into an existing tooth and fully cover
the portion of your tooth above the gum line. The crown becomes your tooth’s
new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal or both. Porcelain
crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of
natural teeth and are very strong.
Crown or onlays (also called partial crowns) are needed when the tooth
is not strong enough to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the
restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is made outside
of your mouth in a dental lab. Your crown is created in a lab from your
unique tooth impression which allows a dental technician to examine all
aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just
for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the
crown is placed.
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape
of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and
literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your
bridge can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these
materials, and is bonded into surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation – the other teeth,
gums or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it is very important
to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
If you need a dental crown or bridge, contact the trusted team at Brewer
Dental Center by calling (406) 412-6365 today.