Crown N Bridges
If you’re lost even a single tooth, you’re no unfamiliar person to the impact it has on your self-confidence and everyday life. If you’re lucky, the missing tooth hasn’t affected your ability to smile, talk or even enjoy your desired treats. However, the enhanced grinding and decaying caused by your healthy teeth drifting out of place, can quickly depreciate overall oral health and even mess with speech. With a custom crown and bridge from our experts, you can eat your favorite foods and flash your best smile with confidence.
What is a Crown?
When a tooth is cracked, decayed or severely affected by trauma, a filling might not be enough to control the damage. That’s where a dental crown (also called a cap) comes into play, to afford some extra strength and hold the tooth together. Our specialized staff takes an impression of the tooth and makes a new customized cap, to provide a solid reinforcement that duplicates the natural shape and size of the original. The crown is invented to match the color and contours of surrounding teeth, so it fits and looks like the original tooth would, only stronger!
When Do You Need a Crown?
- When a large filling needs to be replaced and there isn’t enough sound tooth structure around the cavity to hold the filling
- When a tooth is too weak and in danger of breaking, chipping or fracturing
- If you need to cover up a discolored or uneven shaped tooth
- For restoring a cracked or fractured tooth, and stopping further damage
- To provide some extra support to bridges and teeth that have undergone root canal treatment
- To cover up a dental implant and help it blend in
Crowns can be made from different compositions of metal and porcelain. The latest materials in use these days are metal-free ceramics that usually last between five and eight years, but with appropriate care, they can last much longer.
What is a Bridge?
While crowns can reinforce chipped and cracked teeth, severely broken teeth or completely missing ones can cause more extensive problems. In addition to looking odd, chewing food can be a very difficult and often tender experience. The gap can also cause other teeth to shift, and the sharp edges can cut your tongue or gums when you bite, increasing the likelihood of infections and difficulties.
When Do You Need a Bridge?
Bridges are essential when you have large areas in your bite line that have gaps or missing teeth. There are a few factors that need to be measured before opting for a bridge, which literally bridges the gap between your teeth. Just like a real bridge, it needs a solid basis and good port. In your mouth, that translates as the gums, jawbone and surrounding teeth.
If you need a bridge, the dentist at our establishment will take into account
- How many teeth are missing
- The situation of the teeth the bridge will rest on
- Health of the gum and bone where the bridge will support itself
A bridge is generally cemented to adjacent teeth and provides supplementary support to other teeth – ‘bridging’ the gap. With the addition of a bridge, you get a uniform bite that won’t cause cuts and you don’t have conspicuous holes glaring at others when you smile, either!
At the end of the day, whether it’s enhancing or purposeful, our precise procedures and durable materials work together to ensure a great fit that looks and feels natural.
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