Chipped, cracked and missing teeth can happen to all of us at one time or another. It’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible as delaying treatment allows the problem to get worse. There are many restorative dental solutions to help you achieve a stronger, healthier smile. But which solution is best for your situation? Read on to learn more about crowns and bridges.
Crowns are ideal for full-coverage tooth restoration to repair and protect a tooth that’s been damaged or broken due to trauma or to replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining. They also cover or “cap” teeth that are undergoing a root canal treatment or being replaced by dental implants.
All-porcelain crowns are the most ideal solution for strength, function and aesthetics as their natural translucency makes them look most similar to your natural teeth and blend in with the rest of your mouth. Other types of crowns such a full gold crowns provide certain advantages for back teeth that experience a significant amount of pressure with everyday use.
A dental crown is ideal for fixing a single tooth, but a dental bridge is necessary to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth and a crown on either side to secure the prosthetic into place.
Replacing a missing tooth and filling its space is important for more than just aesthetics. Gaps left by missing teeth will lead to the surrounding teeth to rotate or shift into the empty space. A bridge can help maintain or improve bite alignment, provide you a better ability to chew, improve your speech and provide solid, stable tooth replacement.
Similar to crowns, there are choices of materials for bridges. Porcelain and ceramic bridges are solutions that will look most like your natural teeth. Function, aesthetics and cost will be taken into consideration when looking at solutions.
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