Reliable Dental Crowns (Caps) and Bridges

Oxford Valley Dental Associates’s crown and bridge treatments will restore broken and decayed teeth, support remaining teeth and help you maintain proper dental health. This long-term solution can help prevent issues that can occur when just one tooth is missing, including shifting of teeth, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and bone loss.

What is a Crown?

A crown, sometimes called a “cap”, is a replication of your tooth placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Crowns can serve multiple functions. It can support a tooth that no longer has a sufficient structure left to place a filing. Crowns can also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is a series of “crowns” anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridge work, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement teeth) in place.

Why is Crown and Bridge Treatment Necessary?

Losing a permanent tooth can cause many serious problems. The support and chewing forces can be altered, and the remaining teeth can shift. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the force exerted during chewing.

Advantages of Crown and Bridge Treatment
  • Restores and maintains the bite
  • Keeps opposing teeth in their proper place
  • Prevents shifting of adjacent teeth
  • Discourages further decay and periodontal (gum) disease
  • Enhances your smile, speech and chewing function