A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the entire surface of a tooth. Crowns are typically used when the location of the decay on the tooth would make a filling less likely to succeed, or the structure of the natural tooth makes a filling inapplicable. Generally you won’t feel much of a difference in how you teeth feel as they often feel exactly like your natural teeth. Crowns are extremely durable and long-lasting.
Crowns can come inmany forms, but the most common material is a specialized ceramic. We carefully match the shape, color and size of the crown to match your existing teeth. The end result is that most people will never be able to tell the difference between the crown and their natural teeth.
The term bridge accurately describes the structure of bridges as the restoration bridges the gap left by an absent tooth. A “pontic” (aka) an artificial tooth, is situated in the gap. This pontic is supported on both sides by dental crowns. These crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental implants is also an option for many people, which are titanium posts inserted in the boney ridge beneath your teeth. A crown is placed on top of the implant.
Instead of telling you what to do, Dr. Miller will make sure you know all of the tooth replacement options for which you are a candidate. At Wildhorse Dental in Chesterfield, MO we help you weigh pros and cons, insurance issues, cost issues, longevity, and any other priorities so that you can make an informed decision.