Crowns and Bridges

What Is a Crown?

A crown is a protective cap for your tooth that can be made of a tooth-colored material such as porcelain and zirconia, or a metal such as gold.

Crowns are needed when a significant portion of the tooth has been lost or broken, or when the tooth has had a root canal. Crowns are also used to fix a tooth with a crack, often caused by grinding or from an old silver filling (called an amalgam).

If you are having pain when biting or chewing, your tooth may have a crack that can be fixed with a crown. Call our dental office in Clintonville to ask our team about crowns, bridges, or anything else!

How Is a Crown Made?

When your tooth needs a crown, your first appointment will involve Dr. Shiflett shaping the tooth and fixing any large defects. We will take a mold, or impression, of the prepared tooth and send it to the dental lab that will make your crown. We will create a temporary crown for you to wear while your new crown is being made.

Your second appointment will consist of removing the temporary crown and cleaning the tooth. We will then try in your crown and make sure you approve of the size, shape, and color. After adjusting it to fit your tooth and your bite, Dr. Shiflett will permanently cement your crown in place and send you on your way.

What Is a Bridge?

A bridge is one option for replacing missing teeth, and the procedure is essentially the same as for a crown. In the case of a single missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the space are used for support. A crown is placed on each tooth next door to the space, with a fake crown “bridging” the gap between. This bridge is one piece and is cemented in your mouth permanently. It is very stable and can be a great option for those only missing a couple of teeth.

It is important to note, however, that a bridge requires maintenance once completed. It is essential that you floss around and beneath your bridge in order to help prevent cavities. If one of the supporting teeth for your bridge develops a cavity, or if it breaks, it will compromise the entire bridge. Dr. Shiflett will be sure to take the time to discuss your tooth replacement options with you and help you select the right choice for your situation.

Oftentimes, the teeth on either side of the space are not in need of a crown, so we are removing healthy tooth structure from two teeth in order to replace one. This is not ideal since no material can replace your natural tooth completely. However, getting your bridge in Columbus, OH can be an excellent choice that saves money if the neighboring teeth already need a crown. Dental implants can replace teeth without removing healthy tooth structure from adjacent teeth and are often about the same cost.

Contact Shiflett Family Dental to Schedule Your Appointment

Call us to schedule a consult at our dental office in Clintonville and find out what is right for you.