Crowns and Bridges for Smile Restoration
As we age, it’s expected that your teeth may loosen or become damaged. If they need to be extracted or need a root canal, that’s when crowns and dental bridges can come in. These two dental restorations are the most common and most effective for helping patients restore their smiles in less time. Take a look at a few reasons why patients opt for dental crowns and bridges for their chosen treatments.
When Dental Crowns Are Best
Dental crowns are often used to protect existing teeth from further damage, whether that damage was caused by physical trauma or from disease. If a patient is in need of a root canal, they typically need a crown to protect the existing tooth from further damage. These crowns can be crafted to appear as natural as your real teeth, down to the shade of white that matches your own.
Dental crowns are commonly used for patients who have recently undergone root canals, broken their teeth, or have damage from tooth decay.
When Dental Bridges Are Best
Dental bridges are often the first treatment that patients consider when they are trying to fill in the gap left behind by a missing tooth. While dentures and dental implants are just as effective, dental bridges are popular due to the speed that they can be manufactured.
Dental bridges are three crowns fused in a line. The middle crown will take the place of the middle tooth, secured by the adjacent crowns on the neighboring teeth. These neighboring teeth must also be filed down in order to make room for the bridge. Unfortunately, this lost enamel is irreversible.
Patients with one or two missing teeth can benefit the most from a tooth restoration treatment, including dental bridges.