Lifelike Dental Crowns and Bridges

When a tooth is damaged, restoring it as soon as possible is the best way to save it from becoming more damaged. When a tooth is lost or extracted, replacing it as soon as possible is the best way to restore your smile and preserve your bite’s healthy function. Dental crowns and bridges are popular restorative options for repairing or replacing teeth (respectively), and are designed to blend in discreetly with your smile for optimal cosmetic results.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are named after the top portions of your teeth, also called crowns, because they’re designed to completely mimic that entire portion. A crown is meant to be bonded in place over your tooth, capping it completely to protect and restore it. Depending on several factors, such as the location of the tooth and the extent of its structural damage, we may suggest a crown made from highly lifelike porcelain or zirconia, more durable metal, or a combination of porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).

What Is a Dental Bridge?

When a tooth is lost or extracted, the empty space in your smile can lead to a host of problems besides its effect on your smile’s appearance. For instance, a missing tooth can throw your bite off balance, exposing the rest of your teeth to excessive pressure and higher risks of being damaged or developing decay. A dental bridge is a lifelike replacement for your lost tooth, and is supported by one or a pair of crowns that are bonded to the adjacent healthy teeth (known as abutment teeth). By filling the gap in your smile, a bridge not only restore its appearance, but also helps reestablish your bite’s proper function.

Restore or Replace Your Tooth

If a tooth is severely damaged, lost, or extracted, then a dental crown or bridge may be the best option for restoring your smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.