Correcting Teeth with Crowns or Bridges
We only get two sets of teeth in our lifetime, and as our adult teeth tend to come in as early as six or seven years of age, looking after them properly is essential if they are to last us through the years. Most of us understand the importance of proper dental care and commit to brushing and flossing daily and visiting our dentist regularly to try and preserve our natural teeth for as long as possible.
Nevertheless, try as we might to look after our teeth, the majority of us will still be affected by some degree of dental decay or damage at some point. When this happens, we will need to turn to restorative treatments if we are to regain the function of our teeth and keep them looking attractive. Crowns and bridges are two of the most common types of dental restorations that can provide this.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are custom-designed prosthetics that sit over the top of the damaged or decayed tooth to restore its strength and shape. They can be created in metal, acrylic and porcelain, the latter two being available in a range of shades that mean it is possible to color-match your crown to your existing teeth. This helps it to blend in so that you can retain a natural-looking smile.
Fitting crowns requires a little preparation work. This may involve either filing down your damaged or decayed tooth so that the prosthetic can fit over the top, or building it up so that it can adequately support the crown. This is done using anesthetic, so you should not be in any discomfort. Once the crown is in place, your affected tooth will be covered completely by a prosthetic that looks entirely natural.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are used when a patient has several teeth missing, either lost or extracted due to trauma or decay. They work by quite literally bridging the gap left by the missing teeth, filling the space with prosthetics that are attached to a special supporting framework. Each bridge is attached using crowns that are placed on to the natural teeth either side of the gap. Again, these crowns can be color-matched along with the prosthetics so that your smile retains a natural appearance. In most instances, other people will not even realise that you have had a dental bridge placed.
Every dental bridge is designed for specifically for the patient and creating it will require several appointments with our dentist.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Every patient has unique dental needs. Therefore, to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental crown or bridge to correct your teeth, it will be necessary for you to attend a consultation appointment with our dentist. During this appointment a thorough assessment of the condition of your teeth will be carried out, and our dentist will recommend the best course of treatment for you.
For more information, contact us and schedule an appointment.