Restoring Highland-Area Smiles with Crowns & Bridgework
Crowns and bridgework are two common restorative dental procedures used to replace missing teeth or to enhance the appearance of broken or misshapen teeth. Joel R. Korczak, D.D.S. provides both crowns and bridgework for Highland-area patients looking to improve the aesthetics of their smile. In addition to their many cosmetic benefits, crowns and bridges also help strengthen damaged or decayed teeth, restoring form and function. Because they’re customized for each patient’s specific needs, crowns and bridgework may involve multiple visits to get them just right.
Dental Crowns Can Be Made of Porcelain, Metal, or Both
Also referred to as a cap, a dental crown is crafted to cover a tooth completely above your gum line. If your tooth is missing a large amount of its structure, a crown may be recommended over a veneer because it doesn’t need as much natural tooth structure to support it. Generally made of porcelain, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal, crowns are created in a lab using an impression of your tooth. Joel R. Korczak, D.D.S. will also take your bite and jaw movements into careful consideration when creating your dental crowns to make them look and feel more natural.
Bridgework Requires Healthy Tooth, Gum, and Bone Support
Used to replace missing teeth, a dental bridge helps bridge the gap left behind. Generally made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a unique combination of all of these, bridges are bonded to your surrounding natural teeth to hold them in place. Bridges usually require three or more crowns. Not everyone is a viable candidate for bridgework. You must have enough tooth, gum, and bone remaining to support them. To learn more about the crowns and bridgework offered at Highland’s Joel R. Korczak, D.D.S., we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with our friendly, knowledgeable dentist. We’d be happy to go over the pros and cons of both procedures with you in greater detail!