When to Consider Getting Crowns and Bridges

Are you less than confident about the appearance of your smile? Perhaps you feel self-conscious when you open your mouth to speak because you have a misshapen, discolored, or missing tooth. These are a few of the reasons you may want to consider getting dental crowns and bridges

At Strauss Dental in Oregon City, Julie Strauss, DMD strives to help all of our patients feel confident about their smiles and have the best oral health possible. If your teeth are in need of improvement for aesthetic or health reasons, Dr. Strauss custom creates dental crowns and bridges that make your smile look great and help boost your overall dental health. 

Read on to discover when you should consider getting crowns and bridges. 

How crowns can help restore your teeth

A crown is a custom-designed “cap” that fits perfectly over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can improve both the form and function of your teeth in a variety of ways, including:

Crowns are very sturdy, and they look, work, and feel similar to your natural teeth. Crowns can add strength to a damaged tooth and prevent it from cracking or chipping. They can improve the aesthetics of your smile, too. 

Crowns after a root canal

A root canal is a procedure in which infected pulp from inside your tooth is removed. Sometimes after a root canal, your tooth is no longer strong enough to maintain a dental filling. When that’s the case, a dental crown fits over the tooth after it heals from the root canal treatment. The crown protects the tooth from further decay. 

A custom crown is a great way to protect your tooth after root canal therapy because it allows you to chew as you normally would without the worry of incurring more pain or infection in the tooth. The crown also allows you to talk and smile as you normally would. 

Crowns can become part of dental bridges

When you have one or more missing teeth, Dr. Strauss may suggest using dental implants with crowns to secure a prosthetic tooth in between to create a bridge. Bridges can also be supported by your natural teeth. Using a dental bridge means that you may only need one or two implants with crowns to replace several missing teeth in a row. 

There are several different types of bridges, including:

Dental bridges, with or without crowns, help restore your smile and your natural bite pattern. 

Crowns and bridges help improve your oral health

Missing or decayed teeth can lead to extensive dental work, or even more decay and missing teeth. Dental crowns and bridges that either cover a damaged tooth or replace missing teeth can help improve your oral health. Adjacent teeth won’t shift into an empty space and decayed teeth are protected from further disease. 

As long as you brush and floss your teeth and visit us for regularly scheduled professional cleanings, you can improve and maintain your best oral health -- and crowns and bridges can help you do so. Without them, you could face losing additional teeth or having other teeth shift out of place, which often leads to bite problems, plaque buildup in hard-to-clean areas, and even gum disease.

To keep your teeth healthy and aesthetically pleasing, you need a dental crown or a bridge. As relatively simple dental procedures, crowns and bridges can be lifesaving treatments for your whole mouth. 

To schedule a consultation for your custom dental crowns or bridges, call the office at 503-656-2139 or request an appointment online.

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