Although they serve distinct functions, dental crowns and bridges are both part of restorative dentistry. We offer both services at the dental practice of Dr. Wright, Dr. Massie, and Dr. Lincoln in Union, Kentucky.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns help to prevent tooth loss and restore a patient’s tooth to normal functioning. They go on top of a tooth like a cap, and dentists use them solely on the back chewing teeth. Your dentist might recommend that you have a crown placed if you have a cracked, chipped, or severely decayed tooth.
Our dental team also places crowns for patients who have received dental implants. The crown goes on top of an artificial tooth and provides additional stabilization. Dental crowns help to maintain the shape, size, and strength of a natural tooth. Your dentist will need to remove a portion of your original tooth to prevent the crown from being too bulky and to allow it to remain firmly in place.
What Are Dental Bridges?
When it is not possible to save a natural tooth and you must have it extracted, you can choose the dental bridge tooth replacement option. Your dentist installs the dental bridge on the teeth to the left and right of the missing teeth. These teeth act as anchors to support the bridge that holds your new artificial tooth. A dental bridge can be a good choice when you do not have the budget for a dental implant.
The amount of time each restoration lasts depends on how well you care for it, but the average is 10 to 15 years. Please contact our Union, Kentucky dental practice with additional questions or to request a consultation.