Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Morrow County Dental

General Dentists & Orthodontists located in Mount Gilead, OH

Dental crowns and bridges are two types of dental prosthetics. Crowns are used to cover an existing tooth or replace a missing tooth, while bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Leslie McDougall at Morrow County Dental has extensive experience providing crowns and bridges that restore dental health and improve your smile with natural-looking teeth. If you have any questions, call her office in Morrow County, Ohio, to book an appointment.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns completely cover an existing tooth that needs to be strengthened, protected, or restored. The crown may be used to:

  • Protect a cracked or broken tooth
  • Cover a tooth after a root canal
  • Improve the appearance of discolored or crooked teeth
  • Preserve a tooth that’s weak due to a large filling

 

Dental crowns can also replace a single missing tooth using a dental implant to securely anchor the crown.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth, which improves your appearance and prevents surrounding teeth from drifting out of position. The structure consists of a prosthetic bridge that’s anchored to two existing teeth, one on either side of the bridge. A bridge may also be anchored with two dental implants.

There are three types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional: the replacement tooth is anchored to existing teeth
  • Cantilever: used when an existing tooth is only on one side of a missing tooth
  • Maryland: prosthetic tooth with wings that are bonded to neighboring teeth

What materials are used to make crowns and bridges?

Crowns can be made from different materials, including gold or a metal alloy, but the visible part of the crown consists of tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain. Your crown could also be made of all porcelain or porcelain bonded to a metal.  

Crowns made entirely of porcelain are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, so they’re the best choice for your appearance. They’re also a good option for patients with metal allergies.

Bridges consist of similar materials as crowns. The replacement tooth in the bridge is made from porcelain, while the supporting structure is usually metal.

What is the procedure for getting a crown or bridge?

If your crown or bridge will be supported with an implant, your dentist at Morrow County Dental surgically inserts the implant into bone. After that, you’ll need to wait for the surgical site to heal before being fitted for your bridge or crown.

When your crown or bridge are supported by existing teeth, a small part of each tooth is removed to make space for the prosthetic.

After taking an impression of your teeth, your dentist sends it to a lab that produces crowns and bridges. When it’s ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have the prosthetic attached to either the anchoring teeth or the implant.