What Crowns and Bridges Can Do for You

By Douglas Pennino, DDS
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Don’t let damaged or missing teeth negatively impact your oral health.

While we know how frustrating it can be to end up dealing with a damaged tooth or tooth loss, know that our Barrington, IL, dentists, Drs. crown bridgeDouglas, Chase, and Connor Pennino are here to make sure that you get the restorative dentistry you need to achieve a healthy, confident smile. Crowns and bridges are just two of the most common dental restorations we place. Here’s what they do and how they can help you:


What is a dental crown?

A crown or dental cap is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration that is custom-made to fit over a tooth all the way to the gumline. It is cemented into place and designed to create a protective barrier around a natural tooth structure that has been damaged or compromised. Our Barrington, IL, dentist may recommend getting a dental crown if,

  • You have a weak tooth
  • You have a cracked or fractured tooth
  • You have to undergo root canal treatment
  • You have severe decay and a dental filling that can’t support the tooth
  • You have a severely malformed, misshapen, or discolored tooth
  • Your tooth has been excessively worn down over time by teeth grinding
  • You are getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • You are getting a dental bridge to treat your tooth loss


What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge’s purpose is to replace a missing tooth and fill in its gap so as to prevent the rest of your natural teeth from shifting out of place. A bridge, just like a crown, is custom-made to fit your smile. It is made up of two crowns that sit on either side of a false tooth, also known as a pontic. The crowns are placed over healthy teeth that sit on both sides of the gap, allowing the false tooth to fill the gap and restore your smile.


Interested? Give us a call!

No matter whether you are dealing with dental issues or you just need to schedule a routine cleaning, turn to the smile experts at Pennino Family Dentistry in Barrington, IL. We would be happy to talk to you about the different services we offer—just call (224) 655-6384 if you are a new patient, or (847) 381-6222 if you are an existing patient.