What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are individual tooth-shaped coverings that are used to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen weak or damaged teeth that are otherwise irreparable with fillings or other types of dental restorations.
Most crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic because they're the most natural-looking materials that closely match your surrounding teeth.
A full crown becomes a permanent part of your mouth that:
- Restores a fractured tooth
- Replaces a large filling when there isn't enough natural tooth left to treat
- Acts as an anchor for a dental bridge
- Becomes the artificial tooth at the top part of a dental implant
- Covers a discolored or misshapen tooth
- Protects a weak or decayed tooth from fracturing
- Covers a tooth after a root canal treatment
Dr. Jodry has more than 20 years of experience designing and placing dental crowns, so they look and perform just like your natural teeth. If you can benefit from a crown, she customizes a treatment to restore your smile so you can feel more confident, both aesthetically and functionally.
What are dental bridges?
Sometimes used in combination with full crowns, fixed dental bridges are permanent oral appliances that replace missing teeth.
A fixed, traditional bridge consists of two crowns that fit over anchoring teeth — the abutments — and pontics, or artificial teeth, that fill the gap from missing teeth. Bridges are durable and become a permanent part of your mouth so you can eat, talk, and smile as if you still have all of your natural teeth.
Dr. Jodry may recommend a dental bridge secured by custom dental crowns to:
- Replace missing teeth
- Maintain proper facial structure
- Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of place
- Restore your ability to chew and talk naturally
- Allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without worry
- Prevent decay of teeth next to a missing tooth
- Improve your smile aesthetically
A bridge can replace one or more teeth and restore your natural bite pattern. Dr. Jodry cements the bridge into place, so you don't have to worry about it moving around when you chew or talk.
How do dental implants work?
If you're missing a tooth, or several, dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Because they become a permanent part of your mouth, implants allow you to speak, eat your favorite foods, and care for your teeth as you normally would.
Dental implants consist of two parts: a root and a prosthetic tooth. The root is a medical-grade titanium screw that Dr. Jodry surgically implants into your jawbone. As it heals, it actually fuses with your jawbone and helps preserve your oral health.
Dr. Jodry fabricates a crown, which becomes the visible part of the implant. She custom designs the tooth to match the surrounding teeth as closely as possible. Dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth, and with Dr. Jodry's artistic eye for detail, your implant will blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
If you have decayed or damaged teeth, find out how you can improve your oral health and restore your smile with custom-made crowns and bridges. Call the team at Kathryn Jodry, DDS, or book an appointment online today.