Although teeth are very strong, they are not indestructible. Sometimes, restorations are required when teeth become injured or diseased. Many patients will require one, if not more, restorations in their lifetimes. This is due to high incidence of tooth decay and, of course, accidents that cause injury to teeth. Restorations like dental crowns and dental bridges are vital to ensuring oral function after a tooth has been damaged or lost. Both bridges and crowns are custom restorations that are created specifically for each patient by our Norton Shores, MI dentist.
Dr. Christopher Sortman has studied dentistry at University of Michigan Dental School and has completed Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program while serving as Navy dentist.
Below we have provided some general information on dental crowns and dental bridges and how they can be used to help you. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact our Norton Shores, MI dentist and team. We will be happy to help you.
A popular method for restoring a badly diseased or broken tooth, a crown is like a cap that fits over the entire tooth’s structure above the gums. Crowns are beneficial for a number of reasons. First, they allow you to keep your biological tooth — even if it is severely worn down or broken. Second, they restore a tooth to its rightful shape and size by covering it.
Our patients also have options when it comes to a crown’s appearance. For example, some crowns are made from very natural looking materials that closely resemble the appearance of a biological tooth. If you were to choose an all-porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crown, the restoration will blend in very well with your adjacent teeth. Natural looking materials make for very discreet dental work.
Dental crowns are also used to restore a tooth’s structural integrity after root canal therapy. If you have a damaged tooth and need a dental crown, please contact Community Shores Dental.
When a tooth is lost or needs to be extracted, it is very important to replace it with a prosthetic. This is because teeth next to empty tooth sockets require support to stay upright. A Dental bridge completes a patient’s smile while also supporting neighboring teeth. Bridges are made from one or more crowns (up to four) and the prosthetic is anchored to your natural teeth on each side. Just like a single crown, bridges are made in a laboratory by skilled technicians to exact specifications tailored to your individual needs.
Both crowns and bridges are highly aesthetic options that can restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. We will be happy to help create a restoration for you that fits your specific dental and aesthetic needs.
If you require restorative dental work, our dentists are here to help you make informed decisions that will benefit your oral health and your appearance. Dental crowns or dental bridges placed by your friends and your Norton Shores, MI dentist at Community Shores Dental will help you feel great about your smile again! Please contact our team to schedule your consultation.
You can reach our Community Shores Dental team by calling (231) 865-6945. You can also send us a message using our online contact form. Regardless of which method of contact you choose, we will be delighted to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit. We look forward to working with you!