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What are dental crowns and bridges used for?

Dental crowns and bridges can be used for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Protecting teeth from damage
  • Strengthening weak teeth
  • Holding damaged teeth together
  • Covering misshapen or discolored teeth
  • Replacing missing teeth (bridges)
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What is the process for receiving a dental crown or bridge?

First, a local anesthetic will be used to completely numb the mouth. Then, the tooth or teeth that are being covered by the restoration will need to be reshaped so that the crown or bridge can fit over them without looking or feeling bulky. Once this is done, impressions have to be taken so that your custom restoration can be designed and created. A temporary restoration will be placed while your permanent crown or bridge is fabricated in an off-site lab. The follow-up visit will involve placing the permanent restoration and making any necessary modifications.

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Should I get a crown or a bridge?

If you aren’t sure which restorative option is right for your smile, our team would be more than happy to assist you. Patients often use dental crowns to protect and restore a single tooth because crowns do not require any modifications to nearby teeth. Dental bridges can protect and restore several teeth at once, and they are also a less invasive way to replace missing teeth than dental implants. Both dental crowns and bridges are excellent choices, and Dr. Matney can help you determine which restorative treatment(s) will meet your needs and preferences.

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