As the name suggests, a dental crown is a covering or cap for a tooth. We may recommend crowns if you have teeth that are cracked, broken or discolored. Crowns may also be needed to protect worn down teeth, or to cover dental restorations including implants and bridges.
Crowns improve the appearance and strength of the tooth and your dentist may recommend porcelain, resin or gold material for your dental crown.
A dental bridge is a structure made of ceramic and it spans the gap left by an extracted or missing tooth. A pontic (ceramic tooth) is fused between 2 or more crowns on either side to serve as an anchor. It is then shaped to accommodate the dental crown/s and a bridge is bonded securely over them. Both the pontic tooth and the dental crowns are customized to match the shape and color of your natural teeth.
A dental bridge can prevent neighboring teeth from moving and deteriorating, and restores your ability to chew properly. It is esthetically appealing because it looks just like the rest of your healthy teeth, so you’ll feel more confident about your smile.
If you think you can benefit from a dental crown or bridge, please call our Fort Myers dental office at (239) 939-7070 to schedule an appointment.