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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns and Bridges

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Many of our patients have questions about their oral health as well as the dental procedures we offer. We want to ensure you have a good understanding of our office and the services we provide. Please take a moment to look through some of the questions we hear most frequently; perhaps your questions is already answered here!

If you don’t see your question here, however, don’t hesitate to contact our office to ask. We look forward to serving you!

Crowns and Bridges

It might depend on who you ask!

Dentists refer to these restorations as "crowns." But some patients call the tooth-colored ones "caps" and the gold or stainless steel ones "crowns." Essentially, though, there is no difference.  Both terms refer to restorations that are used to repair a tooth that has suffered damage. The restoration works by covering the remaining tooth structure after removing old fillings, the fractured part of the tooth, and any decay. The restoration material comes in a variety of types, including gold, porcelain, composite, or even stainless steel.

When a patient comes in with a tooth that is damaged enough that a simple filling won’t do the trick, crowns are a great way to strengthen a tooth so it will be fully functional. A crown can be used to repair a tooth that is worn, misshapen, or discolored.

If a dental crown is necessary for you, Dr. Pilgrim will talk to you about what type of crown will be best, depending on your needs and the condition of your tooth.

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