The purpose of dental crowns is to restore teeth that have suffered considerable damage. A dental crown acts as a permanent cap over a tooth to restore its size, shape and strength.
At Restore Dentures and Implants, we offer crowns both as a form of dental restoration and cosmetic dentistry.
The Primary Reasons for a Crown
- To improve your appearance
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking
- To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore a broken or worn tooth
- To cover and support misshapen, discolored teeth
- To treat dental cavities that are too large for fillings
- To anchor a dental bridge or cover a dental implant
With careful care, crowns can last several years as protection against further damage.
A dental bridge is a fixed tooth bridge that look like and perform the function of actual teeth. When a part of the teeth is missing a tooth for any period, the other teeth will fill up the space by shifting into it and causing a change in the arrangement and position of the mouth and jaw. To avoid this, a dental bridge can restore the facial aesthetics and greatly improve one’s ability to eat, speak and feel better.
Made of two or more crowns (or abutment teeth), a dental bridge literally bridges the gap between missing teeth. The false teeth in between (called pontics) can be made from porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination of such materials. A bridge is further supported by one’s natural teeth or implants.
The procedure for a dental bridge can be completed in as little as two appointments. Our dentistry team will make a temporary bridge for you to wear, protecting the exposed teeth and gums while your personal bridge is being made. After being cemented into place, your permanent dental bridge can last upwards of 10 years.
Restore Dentures and Implants offer 4 types of dental bridges
- Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge, generally used for the restoration of the back teeth, such as premolars and molars. A traditional bridge has one fake tooth held in place by a crowned tooth or implant on either side. Made of ceramic, porcelain, and all-metal like gold., they are stronger and with proper maintenance, last longer.
- Cantilever bridges are like traditional bridges but are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This means they can be used if the patient has only one natural tooth next to the missing teeth. However, cantilever bridges are not as common because they are at risk of breaking or cracking since they are attached to only one side.
- Maryland bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge) often replace front teeth. Unlike other dental bridges that require more tooth structure removal, the Maryland bridge require less tooth removal because they connect to the posterior of the front teeth, next to the misplaced tooth. Made with porcelain bands, they connect a false tooth to the posterior of the natural teeth.
- Implant-supported bridges are used when there is more than one missing tooth. In this case, a dental bridge is supported by dental implants instead of dental crowns. The implant is placed for each missing tooth to keep the dental bridge securely in place.
Make a consultation today to see if comfort, stability, and durability of a dental bridge is the right solution for you.
5 Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Restore your smile and self-confidence
- Restore the ability to properly speak
- Restore your bite and ability to properly chew
- Maintain the shape of your lower face
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting position