Crowns & Bridges
Do you have broken or damaged teeth that make it impossible to eat your favorite foods comfortably? Do missing teeth make it difficult to live your best quality of life?
Broken or missing teeth can take a toll on your smile's comfort, function, and appearance; however, we offer the solutions you need at Wicker Park Dental Group. Our porcelain crowns and bridges blend so seamlessly with surrounding teeth that all anyone will notice is your beautiful, healthy-looking smile.
What Crowns and Bridges Do for Your Smile
Dental crowns and bridges are referred to as restorations because they bring a tooth back to full function and enhance your smile. However, crowns and bridges serve different purposes—read on to learn more!
Dental Crowns Protect and Strengthen Teeth
Dental crowns are also commonly referred to as tooth caps because that's what they do; they cover a tooth like a durable little cap to strengthen and protect it from further damage. Our dentists in Chicago would recommend a crown in the following situations:
- A cavity is too large for a filling to protect it
- A tooth is decayed but already has multiple fillings
- A broken or cracked tooth needs additional support
- A root-canaled tooth requires strength and protection
- A poorly shaped or sized tooth needs to be restored
At Wicker Park Dental Group, we use only ceramic and zirconia crowns that are highly durable and blend seamlessly with your smile.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge is a tooth prosthetic designed to replace one or two missing teeth in a row. It consists of an artificial tooth that has a crown attached to either side. The artificial tooth sits in the gap in your smile, and the crowns attach to adjacent teeth for support.
The only thing necessary to place a dental bridge is that teeth adjacent to the gap need to be strong and healthy enough to support a crown. If not, don't worry; our dentists explain our other tooth replacements, including dental implants.
Why It's a Good Idea to Fix Broken and Missing Teeth
One reason chewing with missing or damaged teeth hurts is the way our teeth function. Each has a specific job to do, and when one is missing, surrounding teeth work harder to compensate for the lost function of the missing tooth. All this extra work can lead to excessive tooth wear and forces on your jaw joint that cause teeth grinding and TMJ problems.
Addressing either problem as soon as possible is the healthiest approach. If we don't restore a broken or decayed tooth, it will gradually become more damaged and require more involved solutions to fix.
Not replacing a missing tooth eventually results in jaw bone deterioration that puts you at risk for further tooth loss and gives your teeth an aged appearance.
If you want to protect your long-term oral health, it's always best to address issues like broken and missing teeth as soon as possible.
Call Wicker Dental Group in Chicago, IL to Schedule an Appointment
If broken, damaged, or missing teeth are taking a toll on your appearance, comfort, and quality of life, please call Wicker Park Dental Group at (773) 276-5566. We offer early morning and extended evening hours that make it easy to schedule an appointment at your convenience.