Crowns and Bridges

Missing or Broken Teeth

Having a missing or broken tooth can really affect the way you feel about the way you look or what you can eat. It can also lead to other dental problems and can eventually result in more tooth loss. Crowns and bridges are a good solution for damaged, compromised, or missing teeth. At Kerr Family Dental, Dr. Kerr can create crowns or bridges that will look and function almost like natural teeth and improve your overall oral health.

Crowns to Repair and Protect

A dental crown, also known as a cap, is placed over a damaged, fractured, or worn down tooth to protect the remaining tooth structure, restore function, and improve esthetics. There are many reasons why Dr. Kerr may recommend putting a crown on your tooth, including to protect your tooth following a root canal, repair a tooth with extensive decay or fracture, cover a worn or severely chipped tooth, or replace a tooth with a dental implant and implant crown.

Fixed Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A fixed bridge basically has two parts. The first part is the realistic artificial tooth called a "pontic" that replaces your missing tooth. The second part is the crowns that are placed on either the neighboring teeth or dental implants to hold the pontic in place. The bridge provides function and stability to the remaining teeth while also improving your smile. We strive to provide the most lifelike replacement of teeth with natural looking bridges. Your bridge will match your natural teeth and blend with your smile, giving you confidence!

Caring for Your Crown or Bridge

Many people are surprised when they find out they have a cavity under a crown or bridge because they thought a fake tooth couldn't decay. While the metal or porcelain part of the crown will not decay, the tooth structure underneath the crown can still get a cavity. Practicing good oral hygiene is still important to help prolong the life of the crown or bridge and neighboring teeth. We will check the health of your teeth and your restorations at each dental visit.

The materials we use to make these restorations are very strong and durable, but just as you can wear or break natural teeth, you can wear or break the crown as well. You should avoid activities such as chewing ice.

Call Us!

Cracked or dislodged crowns require prompt attention, so please call our office in Osceola at 641-342-6541 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerr if a problem with your crown occurs. Remember to also continue with your regular dental cleaning visits so we can help make your restorations last as long as possible.

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