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 further.