Crowns and bridges make it easy to restore your smile following oral trauma, extractions, or a dental emergency. At True Dental Group, James Brown, DDS, Randal Silver, DMD, and the team use crowns and bridges to repair and replace damaged or missing teeth. To make an appointment at the practice in Independence, Missouri, call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff, or request an appointment online today.
Crowns and bridges are custom-crafted dental restorations that repair or replace missing or damaged teeth. Though similar, crowns and bridges have distinct differences:
A crown is a synthetic covering placed on top of a damaged or decaying tooth. It restores your tooth to its near-original shape and size, reducing the risk of additional complications. If you take good care of them, crowns often last 10 years or longer.
Bridges are dental prosthetics that fill a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. By filling the gap in your smile, it’s possible to prevent your remaining healthy teeth from moving out of position.
At True Dental Group, getting crowns and bridges takes two visits at least a week apart.
Before recommending a crown or bridge, your True Dental Group provider conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. If you’re missing a tooth or you have a damaged or decaying tooth, you qualify for a crown or bridge.
Your provider uses an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your mouth. Afterward, they send your impressions to a laboratory that uses them to create a custom dental restoration.
When the laboratory completes your crown or bridge, you return to True Dental Group. Your provider bonds the restoration in place, polishes it, and provides care instructions.
Crowns and bridges are like your teeth in that they collect plaque, food particles, and bacteria. As a result, it’s important to clean and maintain them regularly. True Dental Group recommends:
In addition, visit True Dental Group at least two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. By adhering to these guidelines, your crown or bridge can last for a decade and maybe even longer.
To learn more about crowns and bridges, make an appointment at True Dental Group by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.