Do you have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth? If so, you likely have many options for replacing them. Two very common options that patients of Dr. David L. Carlson, DDS in Wheaton, IL typically choose are crowns and bridges. Learn more about these two options, and then see your dentist Dr. Carlson to determine which option is right for you.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are used to repair a badly damaged tooth or to replace a missing tooth altogether. They can be attached to the remaining portion of an existing tooth or be anchored to the jawbone using a dental implant.
What are the Advantages of Dental Crowns?
In broken or badly damaged teeth, dental crowns from Dr. Carlson provide structure, stability, and strength. They can protect a worn or cracked tooth, cover a large cavity or repair a tooth after a root canal. They can improve a tooth's function and appearance. Crowns can also replace teeth that are missing altogether.
What are the Disadvantages of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can be more destructive and time-consuming to place than fillings. An improperly placed crown may leave your tooth at risk for infection and tooth sensitivity. When used with a dental implant, crowns require a strong and sturdy jawbone to anchor to.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges from your Wheaton, IL dentist are not used to repair damaged teeth, but to replace teeth that are missing altogether. Instead of anchoring to the jaw bone with a dental implant, bridges are supported by the two surrounding teeth on either side. Once placed, dental crowns and bridges should look and function essentially the same way.
What are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can be used to replace teeth in patients who do not have a strong and sturdy jaw bone or in patients that are not healthy enough for surgery. They require only two office visits, and they are just as strong and stable as dental crowns.
What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are quite destructive to the surrounding teeth and necessitate a strong tooth on either side to attach to. They can be difficult to clean, which increases your risk of infection, and special floss is typically needed.
While you may have some idea which treatment would work best for you, you will need to consult with a dentist to know for sure. If your teeth are missing or badly damaged and you are ready to do something about it, call your Wheaton, IL dentist, Dr. Carlson, to set up an appointment for a consultation today.