Dental crowns and bridges are customized appliances that help provide a discreet solution for various dental problems. They correct any bite issues you may have and consequently improve your speech and chewing ability. When your tooth has suffered considerable damage or decay, it may not survive with a simple dental filling. The placement of a crown may be what it takes to save the affected tooth.
When several teeth are missing in a row, a denture may not be required as a bridge can be made to cover the breach. Dental crowns and bridges may last the lifetime of an individual with proper oral care and regular checkups.
What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns are restorations used to repair a tooth to its original appearance and strengthen it to full functionality. A crown is a tooth-shaped cover for a damaged tooth and it surrounds the entire visible portion of a tooth. The crowns can be made from metal, gold, ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, resin, and porcelain.
Crowns are used to make dental bridges. Bridges are built of artificial teeth attached to crowns on either end to replace missing teeth. The crown portions of the bridge support the restoration securely, preventing it from moving when you chew. Crowns are also connected to dental implants, the newest tooth restoration option.
What Advantages Do Crowns and Bridges Offer?
The loss of one or more teeth or damage to a tooth can make it hard to chew. When it's hard to bite or chew fruits, vegetables, or meat, you may avoid these healthy foods, which may ultimately cause nutritional deficiencies. A crown, bridge, or dental implant help to make chewing more manageable and just may keep you strong and healthy.
Crowns are used to protect and stabilize fragile teeth that have become weaker due to cracks, trauma, aging, large fillings, or root canal therapy.
Broken or fractured teeth can be very painful. Adding a crown protects the tooth and removes pain and sensitivity.
Many people take their smiles for granted until they face a problem with their teeth. Even a minor defect in your smile can make you feel more than a little self-conscious. Crowns and bridges help restore or enhance your appearance and help you feel better about your smile.
At One Health Dental, we may recommend a crown if you have a discolored tooth or want to change the shape or length of a tooth. Bridges and crowns connected to dental implants fill the gaps in your teeth, thus renovating your smile.
Are you ready to take advantage of the smile-enhancing benefits of crowns and bridges? If so, call One Health Dental at (214) 275-4808 to schedule an appointment.