Crowns & Bridges: Timely Treatment, Effective Protection
The older we get, the more likely we are to lose teeth. It’s estimated that by the age of 64 the average adult will have lost seven teeth. Crowns and bridges are ideal treatments to protect damaged or loosened teeth and to prevent them from falling out. These two common dental restorations are effective when helping patients restore their smiles in a timely fashion.
At Robson Family Dental, we want to make your smile last a lifetime. Explore this page of information to learn more about what dental crowns and bridges can do for your smile. Of course, if you have any further questions, contact our office at 616-942-9595 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robson.
When are Dental Crowns Ideal?
Generally, dental crowns are used to protect existing teeth from further damage. The crown is a tooth-shaped cover that’s placed over the damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. These crowns can be crafted to blend with the rest of your natural teeth, down to the shade.
Some examples of situations where a dental crown is needed are as follows:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking
- To hold pieces of a cracked tooth together
- To restore a broken or worn down tooth
- To support a tooth with a large filling
- To stabilize a dental bridge
- To protect misshaped or discolored teeth
- To complete a dental implant
- To increase aesthetic appearance
When are Dental Bridges Ideal?
Dental bridges are used to close the gap caused by missing teeth. A bridge is generally composed of two crowns on either end and designed to cover the teeth adjacent to the gap. While dental implants and dentures combat the same problem, dental bridges are popular because of the speed they can be manufactured.
Patients with one or more missing teeth stand to benefit the most from dental bridges. Some other advantages of this tooth replacement treatment are:
- They can revitalize the aesthetic of your smile
- They restore your ability to eat and speak correctly
- They preserve the shape of your face
- They distribute your bite-force
- They prevent existing teeth from shifting out of place