Dental crowns and bridges are two of the simplest and most commonly used restorations in the world of dentistry. Both these restorations are usually made from tooth-colored ceramic material that is highly customizable. While crowns restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, misshapen, or too weak, bridges generally replace the missing teeth.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR CROWNS?
You may be wondering if you’re the right candidate to get a dental crown. If you happen to have any of the following oral conditions, a crown can be used to treat it:
Naturally misshapen teeth: You may have had a poorly shaped tooth for a long time now. If it is a frontal tooth, it could be negatively affecting the aesthetics of your smile, due to which you may feel too conscious of yourself while socializing with people. By bonding a crown to the tooth, it can be restored to its ideal shape and functionality.
Chipped or cracked teeth: Though the enamel is the hardest part of your body, biting into something hard could chip or crack your teeth. Losing a certain edge of the tooth can ruin your smile and potentially expose it to the microbes in the mouth. Hence, we suggest you get such teeth restored with a crown at the earliest to stay clear of any complications.
Excessively spaced teeth: There may be displeasing gaps in between your teeth that can leave a shabby appearance on your smile. By bonding crowns to such teeth, the dentist meticulously eliminates these gaps and helps you sport an even smile.
Weak teeth: Patients who have teeth that are too weak to sustain by themselves can get crowns to hold them intact. If you get root canal therapy done, the tooth may become weak due to the lack of nourishment and crumble under high forces. Crowns can be used to restore such teeth.
Worn out teeth: Teeth that are excessively worn out due to grinding or clenching the jaws are often exposed to the microbes in the mouth. Also, they can look displeasing, which is why it is best to have them restored.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE DENTAL BRIDGES?
Though there are a few alternatives to bridges, such as dental implants, All-on-4 implants, and dentures, bridges stand out due to certain advantages that they offer. Some of them are:
- Bridges are the simplest means to restore a missing tooth. Usually, they do not require surgery, as in the case of dental implants or All-on-4 implants.
- Since they are held in place by crowns on either side, they offer excellent stability.
- The bridge will feel exactly like your natural tooth as it is made from dental-grade ceramic material. The dentist will customize it to match the exact color, texture, transparency, and contour of your natural tooth.
- Usually, your ability to bite and chew food will take a hit when you lose your tooth. But, once you get the bridge bonded in place, it will restore oral functionality to normal. You can bite and chew food without worrying about the bridge breaking or slipping off from its position.
- Bridges are durable. Also, with proper care, they last for several years together.
- Since a bridge fills in the gap left by the missing tooth, it prevents the remaining teeth from drifting.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (801) 716-7006 to have a consultation with Dr. Reynolds, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.