Crowns And Bridges

Charles Croasdill, DMD

Family and Cosmetic Dentist located in Tacoma, WA

Are you considering a bridge to replace a missing tooth? Are you considering a crown to restore a damaged tooth? Dr. Charles Croasdill is expertly trained in these procedures and can explain your options to you. Charles Croasdill, DMD specializes in metal free crowns and bridges and is conveniently located near you in Tacoma, Washington. Call the office to schedule an appointment today.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

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.

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, differently shaped, or out of position.

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 a “crown”, which covers 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 doesn’t get 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?

First, Dr. Croasdill or a member of his dental team performs a comprehensive dental exam. Then, he recommends the best tooth restoration options for your particular needs.

If you need a crown or bridge, Dr. Croasdill prepares your tooth or teeth to receive the crown. Then, he takes an impression of your mouth to obtain precise measurements. He will provide you with a temporary crown while the permanent one is being fabricated.

To improve your smile with high-quality crowns and bridges, call the office of Charles Croasdill, DMD, today.