Dental Crown and Bridges

Replace Lost Teeth at Fort Collins Dental Arts

When it comes to restoring the shape, strength, and appearance of your teeth, dental crowns are one of the most common and recommended choices of dental treatments. Dental crowns are created to take the shape of a natural, healthy tooth.

Crowns are normally used for individual teeth. When multiple teeth need to be restored or the gap from a lost tooth needs to be filled, a dental bridge might be used. Dental bridges use multiple crowns to replace multiple teeth. At Fort Collins Dental Arts, Dr. Guy Leavitt might recommend a dental crown to restore a decayed, cracked, or chipped tooth, or a dental bridge in cases of tooth loss.

What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a hollow cap that sits over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth, covering it completely to the gum line. Once it is sealed in place, a dental crown looks, feels, and functions just as a regular tooth would.

One of the biggest benefits of crowns is that they can help alleviate the pain of broken teeth and deter tooth loss. If you opt for a porcelain crown, you can have it color-matched to your other teeth, as a discreet way to restore broken or unsightly teeth.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are a method of filling gaps from missing teeth. Bridges are created using crowns. A dental bridge is generally made up of three crowns that are attached together. At least two crowns are placed over the existing teeth on either side of the gap and act as false teeth by filling in the gap. Dental bridges are a good solution for preventing your teeth from shifting positions. They can also help to properly align your jaw so that you can chew and bite properly.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Why Choose a Dental Crown or Bridge?

Crowns can help to rectify a number of different dental problems. We may recommend a crown as the best course of action if you have:

  • a cracked tooth that needs to be held together

  • a severely weakened tooth that is at risk of breaking

  • a broken, extremely eroded or otherwise misshapen tooth

  • a discolored tooth

  • a decayed tooth that requires a cavity filling, but is unable to have one due to broken or missing parts

  • need to protect an existing tooth after a root canal treatment.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are different types of dental crowns available. Most people make their choice based on functional or cosmetic reasons, where in their mouth it is to be located and their budget. The most common types of dental crown include:

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns are sometimes recommended for functional repairs at the back of the mouth. This is partly to hide their appearance, but also because of their durability. Metal crowns are extremely strong and can handle heavy chewing.

Stainless Steel Crowns

If you are ever given temporary crowns, such as when you opt for dental implant surgery, then these will usually be made of stainless steel. They are very simple to fit over teeth to create a mold.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) Crowns

This type of crown usually has a strong metal interior, which is then fused to a porcelain covering. This creates a crown that is color-matched to your existing teeth, but still quite strong. The porcelain covering is not quite as durable as metal. With that said, you will need to maintain your bite to avoid chipping. If you suffer from teeth grinding or jaw clenching, you should wear a mouthguard when you sleep.

Full Porcelain or Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic or full porcelain crowns are your best cosmetic option for crowns. Full porcelain and ceramic crowns are color-matched to look just like real teeth. These are also a good option for patients with metal allergies.

How Long do Crowns and Bridge Last?

With proper maintenance and dental hygiene, your crown can last your entire life. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent tooth and bone loss that might cause your crown or bridge to come loose. To preserve your crown, you should avoid chewing on ice, hard foods, or objects that are not suitable for your natural teeth. You should also make sure that you go to your routine dental appointments for regular cleanings and checkups. A dental professional can help ensure your crown or bridge is healthy and prevent it from coming loose.

Choose Fort Collins Dental Arts for Crowns & Bridges

Are you dealing with broken or decayed teeth? Fort Collins Dental Arts offers high-quality crowns, bridges, and other restorative dental treatments. Your dental crown will be custom made to fit over your tooth, restoring it from the gum line up to its original shape and size. Preserve your oral health today, call 970-840-9100 for more information.

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Friday: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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