Do you have one tooth that doesn’t quite shine like the rest, whether it’s stained, broken, or some other minor imperfection? Are you missing a few teeth in a row? Either way, dental crowns or bridges could help you. These tooth-shaped caps can beautifully restore your smile. All of our doctors are skilled artists when it comes to placing these restorations. Continue reading below to learn more about them.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that slips over a natural tooth that has been weakened by decay or fracture. It is also used to restore feel and function to a tooth. Finally, it can be placed over a tooth that appears discolored, stubby, or misshapen to make it beautiful once more.
We will be sure to artfully shade the crown to match the enamel of your surrounding teeth and easily blend in with the rest of your smile. No one will even be able to tell you got dental work done!
Compared to other restorative procedures, dental crowns come with several advantages. For one, they’re not solely restorative; they can be cosmetic as well. This means that our doctors can custom shade the crown to match the color of your adjacent teeth. In fact, we can even do so in a way that makes the rest of your teeth look brighter.
Dental crowns can also repair teeth that have been weakened for whatever reason. If, for example, a tooth has been severely affected by decay, to the point where a filling isn’t enough to do the job, we can place a crown to hold the tooth together. A crown may also be placed to protect an already damaged tooth from further wear and tear.
If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, a dental bridge might be just the thing you need. They’re called that because they literally bridge the gaps in your smile. Bridges consist of two or more dental crowns that are anchored to the teeth on either side of the gaps in your grin, with one or more artificial teeth in between. They can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
Just like crowns, bridges offer several benefits. Once you have replaced your missing teeth with a bridge, you can easily enjoy all your favorite foods again. You will be able to speak clearly, without worrying about missing teeth creating pronunciation issues. Bridges also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting and trying to fill the gap on their own, preserving the natural shape of your jaw and keeping you looking young and vibrant for years to come.
If you’re ready to transform your smile with dental crowns or bridges, contact us today to schedule a consultation.