There’s no planning for dental decay, infection, or accidents -- they can all happen to the best of us. Even people with wonderful oral hygiene habits may require restorative care from time to time. And, when it happens to you, you’ll be relieved to know you’ve got wonderful options for restorative dentistry at Springs Dental Care. Yes, a dental crown or bridge in Colorado Springs may be just what you need to smile, speak, and eat with confidence once again! Keep reading to learn more about this trusted restoration from your dentist in Colorado Springs, Dr. Richard Cea.
Crowns and bridges have a lot in common, but they’re not the same. The most significant difference is that crowns are used to restore existing teeth from serious decay and damage, while bridges are used to replace one, two, or a few missing teeth in a row. Let’s take a closer look at each treatment.
If you’ve got a damaged tooth that’s interfering with the normal function of your smile, you may benefit greatly from a beautiful crown placed by the team at Springs Dental Care. They’re thin caps usually made of porcelain that fit directly over a damaged tooth, sealing it off from future problems and beautifully restoring its form, allowing you to use the tooth normally once again.
Traditionally, the procedure for dental crowns has been split over two visits to the dental office -- but with CEREC technology at Springs Dental Care, we’re able to reduce the treatment time by more than half. That means your dentist can prepare for, create, and place your dental crown in just one visit to our office!
Crowns perform a number of functions, including:
Dental crowns also play a significant role in the function of a dental bridge.
While dental crowns restore an existing tooth, dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They’re created using a dental crown on either side of the gap left by missing teeth. The crowns anchor the prosthetic teeth that go-between them.
After you’ve had your crown or bridge placed, it’s now more important than ever that you maintain excellent oral hygiene to keep it and the rest of your natural teeth as healthy as can be. Brushing for two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist as recommended (at least once every six months) are crucial steps for enjoying fantastic teeth for a lifetime.
If you’re ready to repair your decayed or damaged teeth, don’t wait another day to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, functioning smile. Your Colorado Springs dentist can help with a simple crown or bridge – just call us to schedule your appointment today!