Generally, crowns are recommended for teeth that are not strong enough to support a filling. A filling typically goes inside the tooth. The tooth had decay, it was broken, and it had a hole. The tooth is shaped or drilled a little bit and then the restoration is placed into the tooth and generally, we use bonding materials today that are cosmetic: they’re tooth colored and that we never use silver or anything like that.
Crowns are for a tooth that aren't strong enough to hold up to a filling. In other words, if we place a filling and next year it breaks in half, you may lose the tooth. A crown can actually save a tooth that would otherwise fail if it just had a filling.
Bridge work is a crown. In the case of somebody that's missing a tooth, then we have different options to replace the missing tooth. A bridge would be a situation where we crown a tooth on each end and then there's a false tooth in the center so that fits on the bridge. It's kind of a technical description of that. A bridge is something that's kind of permanent: it stays in your mouth, you clean it, it’s natural like anything else, similar to implants.
Dental crowns and bridges can help make your smile as healthy, functional, and beautiful as possible. Mark W. Wilhelm, DMD, MSD provides these restorative dentistry treatments to:
- Correct your broken teeth
- Repair teeth damaged due to decay, injury, or wear
- Replace teeth in your smile
Contact our Woodbury, MN dentist office at 651-319-9064 today to schedule an appointment. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Wilhelm has completed advanced education in this area to provide the best restorations possible.
Deciding Which Dental Crowns Best Help Your Smile
Traditional Dental Crowns – Traditional crowns are caps that fit over the top of damaged teeth. Our crowns are made of porcelain and will mimic the shape and size of your original teeth. We match the porcelain to the color of your teeth, so it will blend in with your healthy teeth.
Some of the ways our dental crowns restore your smile are by repairing:
- Cracked Teeth – Moderate to severe cracks may be treated with dental crowns. The crown will fit snugly over the cracked tooth to keep it from cracking further. The crown will also help you use that tooth again with no pain.
- Broken Teeth – A broken tooth is not only painful, it’s also dangerous. It exposes the inside of your tooth to the ever-present bacteria inside your mouth. A crown will keep all the pieces of your broken tooth together and seal out any dangerous bacteria to prevent infection.
- Teeth Damaged By Decay – Tooth decay eats away at the structure of your teeth. If the decay is mild, Dr. Wilhelm can clear it and place a dental filling to take care of the damage. But if the decay is aggressive, or if you have waited too long to get the problem addressed, a filling may be insufficient. Dr. Wilhelm can place a dental crown to save the life of the tooth and protect it from further decay.
Implant Restoration– This type of crown is more like a real tooth in that it is not a cap but rather a solid replacement tooth. It is attached directly to a dental implant to replace individual teeth.
Inlays And Onlays – These “partial crowns” are the middle ground between a dental filling and a full dental crown. An inlay is made for the inside biting surface of your teeth, and an onlay goes onto the outer biting surface as well. Dr. Wilhelm will go over your situation and help determine if this is the right treatment for you.
Creating The Perfect Dental Bridge For You
Fixed Bridge – A fixed bridge is made of two crowns with a replacement tooth bonded between them. The crowns will go over teeth on either side of the gap in your smile and anchor the bridge into place.
Implant-Supported Bridge – This type of dental bridge is for people who have lost three or more teeth and want the longest-lasting tooth replacement. Dr. Wilhelm will place dental implants and then secure the bridge onto the implants to fill the gaps.
Call 651-319-9064 to contact our Woodbury, MN office today. You can also use our online form to schedule an appointment.