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Understanding Dental Crowns and Bridges

You probably wanted to have a crown when you were young. Out of your active imagination, you were a king or queen in your small world and a golden crown on your head was all you required to affirm your position. However, you might receive a different crown in adulthood if you fail to take good care of your pearly whites – a dental crown. At worse, you may have to build bridges when trying to conceal gaps in your smile due to a missing tooth. If this definition fits your experience, there is hope for restoring your oral health in Pembroke Pines crowns and bridges.  

What exactly are dental crowns in Milpitas, and why might someone need one?

Dental Crowns Protect Your Natural Teeth

A dental crown is a tailor-made cap placed over your natural tooth by your 601 Dental Studio PA, dentist, to help restore structure, strength, and appearance. Conventional crowns are made of metal including silver and gold. Dental crowns made from metal are sturdy but easily noticeable due to color differences with your natural teeth. 

If you are allergic to metals, there is good news for you since your dentist can use porcelain or ceramic crowns. At present, we have all-porcelain and all-ceramic crowns that resemble natural teeth color, making it hard for people to know that you have a missing tooth. Non-metallic crowns are durable and can withstand everyday rigors.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is composed of two or more crowns in the gap where there is a missing tooth. The bridge is anchored to the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap, also known as abutment teeth, while the artificial teeth are called pontics. Your dentist can make your pontics from alloys, gold, porcelain, silver, or a mixture of all these materials. Your dentist can also use implants to support your dental bridges.

The benefits of bridges include:

  • Protect the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
  • Maintain your face’s shape

Replace missing teeth to help properly distribute the force in your bite

Do You Need a Crown?

Various situations can make you require a dental crown. One of these is root canal therapy. During a root canal treatment, the damaged part inside your tooth will be removed, leaving it weak due to the hollow space. Your dentist will use a crown to strengthen and give shape to the tooth. Other situations which may necessitate a crown include:

  •   Your tooth cracks and requires something to hold it together
  •   A very weak tooth which is susceptible to breakage if there is nothing to reinforce it
  •   One of your teeth is severely worn out
  •   You require a dental bridge and need anchoring teeth
  •   Your tooth is severely discolored or out of place and requires a cover
  •   You want to conceal your dental implants.

Dental crowns and bridges are among the modern marvels of dentistry. Schedule a consultation with your experienced dentist to learn more about how these two can help breathe a new lease on life into your decayed, missing, or weak tooth.