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These restorations could truly bring your damaged smile back to life.

These dental appliances are a great way to treat damaged teeth or to replace a missing tooth. Unlike dentures, which you have to dental crownsremove every night, crowns and bridges stay fixed in place so you can treat them just like natural teeth. Our Chandler, AZ, dentists, Dr. Kent Johansen and Dr. Grant Johansen, have information about how dental crowns and/or bridges could benefit your smile.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

A crown is a hollow cap that is designed to look like the crown of a tooth. A crown is often placed over a tooth to restore strength and improve function, particularly for teeth that are damaged, worn or weak. If a tooth has such extensive decay that a dental filling won’t support the tooth then a crown will be the best restorative treatment for your smile.

A dental crown can also be used to improve the appearance of a misshapen, malformed or discolored tooth. While there are other restorations like dental veneers for covering imperfections, in some cases a crown may be a better option, so always ask your Chandler cosmetic dentists.

When should I consider a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is often suggested if you are missing a tooth or several teeth in a row. Since leaving gaps in your smile can lead to teeth shifting into the open gap and causing misalignments, it’s important that you talk to our general dentists about what tooth replacement is the best option for you.

A fixed dental bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed on opposite ends of the bridge to help support the false tooth or teeth in the middle. These crowns are placed over healthy natural teeth to help stabilize the bridge. Once your teeth have been prepared and the crowns have been made and cemented into place then the artificial teeth can be attached to the crowns to replace your missing tooth or teeth.

Both restorations are custom-made for you so no one will even be able to tell that you had dental work. Because of this, it will take some time for your crown or bridge to be fabricated to fit your exact measurements (usually about one week). After all, we want to ensure that you get a beautiful restoration every time.

Johansen Dental in Chandler, AZ, is committed to providing only the best in cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry. To find out whether dental crowns or bridges are right for you schedule a consultation with us today.