There are a number of reasons why you might be dissatisfied with your smile.
For instance, your teeth could have chips, cracks, discoloration, or you
could lose a tooth altogether. To restore your beautiful smile, you might
ask your dentist about dental crowns and bridges. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped
caps that fit on top of your existing teeth, and bridges are false teeth
that fill the space left by missing teeth. Read on to learn more about
how dental crowns and bridges can
benefit your smile.
What They Do
Dental crowns are designed to fit directly over your existing teeth, restoring
their attractive appearance and protecting them from further damage. Bridges
"bridge" the gap left by missing teeth. Dental crowns and bridges
are often installed together, as dental crowns are usually installed on
either side of a bridge, thus serving as "anchors." Unlike dentures,
both dental crowns and bridges are designed to remain in your mouth permanently,
so you don't have to worry about taking them out and losing them.
When They're Necessary
There are a number of reasons why you might opt for a dental crown. If
one of your teeth has become chipped, you'll find that a crown is
an excellent way to protect it. A dentist might also recommend a dental
crown if tooth decay has advanced to the point where a filling will not
suffice. A dental bridge is ideal if you have one or more missing teeth
between two strong teeth, and would rather not get dentures or receive
a dental implant.
How They're Installed
First, the dentist reduces the size of your teeth so the dental crown or
bridge can fit over it. Next, he takes an impression of your teeth to
ensure that the crown or bridge is precisely the correct size and shape.
Your impressions are sent to a dental lab, where the crowns and bridge
are manufactured. Once they're complete, your dentist will remove
your temporary crown or bridge and replace it with the permanent ones.
John R. Pallotta, DMD of Lexington would gladly discuss
crowns and bridges