Using dental crowns and bridges to restore the smile

Both dental crowns and bridges are used by Dr. Fernandez, South Lakeland, FL., to repair the smile. Crowns are designed to cover teeth that are severely damaged or compromised, while dental bridges are used to replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a quality dentist in the community who can educate you on both options and help you select the best repair for your unique dental needs and smile goals.

How do dental crowns and fixed dental bridges restore the smile?

Dr. Fernandez and her team of professionals use crowns and bridges to restore the smile. They both work in different ways but can be used in repairing the smile from damage or tooth loss.

  • Dental crowns. Dental crowns, also known as porcelain crowns or “tooth caps,” are used to restore the function and strength of a natural tooth. If a tooth has a large area of decay restored with a filling, it can still be susceptible to damage if extensive amounts of natural tooth structure are removed. Placing a dental crown over this tooth will provide the structure and strength needed to reduce the risk of further damage. Crowns are also placed over teeth that have recently had root canal therapy or abutments of dental implants to replace one missing tooth.
  • Dental bridges. With dental bridges, you can replace missing teeth with a fixed restoration. Dental bridges include crowns and false teeth called pontics fused together and bonded into the smile using the adjacent teeth for support. These restorations can replace one or several teeth in a row using a porcelain material that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

Which one is right for me?

During a consultation visit with Dr. Blanca Fernandez of South Lakeland, FL, you can educate yourself further on the advantages of using dental crowns and bridges for smile restoration. Call Highland Dental Clinic at (863)-647-1954 to request a visit at the office, conveniently located at 5163 US Highway 98 South and open to new and returning patients.