Crowns And Bridges

Dentistry Optimized

Norman F. Coates, DMD

General Dentistry located in Inver Grove Heights, MN

Decayed, weakened, or missing teeth are often more than just a cosmetic concern. These issues can impact your ability to speak clearly and chew food properly. Common dental treatments, like crowns and bridges, are a great option to restore the look and function of your smile. At Dentistry Optimized in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, Norman Coates, DMD, provides patients with dental crowns and bridges suited for their oral health. Find out more by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a protective covering for a tooth. It’s a cap that covers the visible part of your tooth, beginning at your gumline. The purpose of a crown is to protect a damaged or weak tooth.

Dentistry Optimized offers crowns for patients who have a tooth that:

  • Has a large filling
  • Is cracked or worn down
  • Is weak
  • Is discolored or misshapen

Tooth-colored crowns are popular because they look like your natural teeth. Natural-looking crowns are typically made from ceramic or composite resin. In addition to adding strength, crowns are often placed to support dental bridgework inside the mouth. A crown acts as an anchor, holding artificial teeth in place.

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a custom-made oral appliance that fits into the gap created by the missing teeth. Traditional bridges, the most common type of bridge, are secured in your mouth by a dental crown on each side of the gap.

Cantilever bridges are recommended when there’s a natural tooth on only one side of the gap. In this case, the bridge is held in place by a single crown. 

Maryland bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but instead of crowns, the bridge is supported by a framework cemented to the backs of your natural teeth on either side.

How do crowns and bridges restore mouth function?

Damaged or missing teeth can make speaking clearly and chewing food challenging. Restorative dental procedures like crowns and bridges protect teeth and help your mouth function normally. 

Deep decay or damage can compromise a tooth, weakening it and making it more likely to crack or break. Dental crowns are a great option to preserve teeth and prevent future damage.

If you have missing teeth, extra pressure is put on your remaining teeth and they can be susceptible to shifting and cracking. Dental bridges replace missing teeth and help distribute the pressure of your bite evenly across all teeth. 

At Dentistry Optimized, Dr. Coates develops a customized treatment plan for your mouth. He makes recommendations based on the condition of your teeth and ensures your crown and bridgework are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. 

For proper care in restorative dentistry, crowns, and bridges, visit Dr. Coates at Dentistry Optimized. Make an appointment online or on the phone to get started today.