Are you considering a bridge to replace a missing tooth? Are you considering a crown to restore a damaged tooth? Dr. Charles Croasdill is well-trained in these procedures and can explain your options to you. Charles Croasdill, DMD offers metal-free crowns and bridges. Our office is conveniently located near you in Tacoma, Washington. Call the office to schedule an appointment today.
What is a crown?
A dental crown restores a damaged tooth to its normal shape and size. The crown covers the outside of the tooth, creating a new, stronger exterior surface and improved appearance. Dr. Croasdill designs the shape and color of the crown to blend in with your natural teeth, so you can smile with confidence. Learn more by reading on this page.
Why would I need a crown?
Dr. Croasdill uses crowns for several reasons. He may recommend a dental crown in conjunction with implants to replace missing teeth or to strengthen and support existing teeth.
Crowns repair many common types of dental damage, including:
- A broken or chipped tooth.
- Severe tooth decay.
- A discolored tooth.
- A very large filling.
Crowns can also improve the appearance of teeth that are dark or oddly shaped.
What is a dental bridge?
As the name suggests, a bridge spans the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of a replacement tooth (or teeth) connected and supported on each side by “crowns,” which cover the teeth on either side of the gap.
Bridges and crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, but Dr. Croasdill prefers to use metal-free, ceramic for tooth restorations. Ceramic crowns and bridges are strong, durable, and look just like your natural teeth.
Why would I need a bridge?
In addition to making your smile more aesthetically appealing, replacing missing teeth is crucial to maintaining good oral health. The space left by a missing tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of alignment, potentially affecting your bite and ability to speak normally.
Over time, a missing tooth that is not replaced may lead to more serious problems, such as jawbone deterioration. If you’re missing one or more teeth, it’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Croasdill as soon as possible.
What should I expect from getting a crown or bridge?
A member of our dental team performs a comprehensive dental exam. We then recommend the best tooth restoration options for your particular needs.
If you need a crown or bridge, Dr. Croasdill prepares your mouth to receive these dental implements. Then, he takes an impression of your mouth to obtain precise measurements. If needed, we will provide you with a temporary crown while the permanent one is being fabricated.