At some point in life, many adults will have issues with damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. Luckily, there are several options available to you if this happens.
Depending on the number of teeth missing, your oral health, and the condition of your existing teeth, your dentist will help you decide between dentures, crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
Dentists recommend you deal with tooth loss as soon as possible. Leaving untreated spaces in your mouth can cause several issues such as:
Receiving professional dental treatment, like crowns and bridges, is critical in avoiding or worsening these complications.
Two common and non-invasive procedures available to patients who have damaged or missing teeth involve crowns and bridges. The following information will help you decide what may be the best option for you.
A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cover that is cemented over your natural tooth or dental implant to restore the tooth’s strength, size, and appearance. A dental crown protects the remainder of the tooth and root structure.
Crowns can be custom-made, and their color and texture can be altered to match existing teeth. Crowns come in a wide range of materials, however, the most common are:
Dental crowns are typically recommended to a patient when tooth decay has damaged most of their natural tooth. Once teeth have decayed too badly on the outside, the general filling is no longer an option.
Crowns can also be used:
Fitting a dental crown is typically a two-visit procedure, and it will be done on-site in our office.
Your crown should look, function, and feel like a regular tooth, and you’ll have your natural smile back!
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing, or badly decayed teeth. A dental bridge essentially acts as a bridge that fills in the gap between the surrounding teeth.
The permanent bridge extends across space and is made up of pontic (false teeth) that are fused between 2 crowns on abutment teeth. Bridges are held firmly in place by either your teeth or by dental implants. A bridge is made of natural materials (typically porcelain) and looks just like natural teeth.
Additionally, dental bridges:
Bridges can help restore your natural smile. You could be a good candidate for a dental bridge if:
Receiving a dental bridge is a multi-step process. Here is what you can expect:
Your dental hygiene is important to us. There is nothing we want more than to help restore the strength, shape, and appearance of your natural teeth and the beauty of your natural smile.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, we’re here to support you. We will look at your options and help you decide what type of restorations or replacements would be best. Call us today!