Crowns and bridges offer an excellent way to restore missing, damaged or discolored teeth. Dr. Richard L. Smith, your Gainesville, FL dentist, explains how crowns and bridges can help improve your smile.
What are crowns?
Crowns completely cover teeth, concealing imperfections and providing stability to weak or damaged teeth. They're usually made of materials that look very much like your natural tooth enamel, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or resin, although they can also be made of gold and other metal alloys.
Why do I need a crown?
Crowns are very versatile and are helpful if:
- Your tooth is weakened due to a large filling or a root canal.
- You have chips or cracks in your tooth that could lead to fractures without the support of a crown.
- Your tooth has already broken.
- Your tooth is discolored, too short or oddly shaped.
- You received a dental implant and need a crown to complete the process.
What are bridges?
Bridges typically consist of one or more false teeth attached to crowns on either side. They're made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Implant-supported bridges don't rely on crowns to anchor the false teeth. Instead, the bridge is attached to two titanium implants placed in your jawbone.
Why do I need a bridge?
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They not only improve your appearance, but also restore your ability to bite and chew normally.
What happens when I receive a crown or bridge in Gainesville?
Your tooth will be filed down slightly to accommodate your crown. If you will receive a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap will be filed. There is no need to file surrounding teeth if you choose an implant-supported bridge, as it will be attached directly to the implants. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, whether you choose a crown, traditional bridge or implant-supported bridge. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create your crown or bridge.
Once your new crown or bridge is ready, you'll return to your dentist's office. He'll check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, then permanently attach the restoration.
Could you benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Dr. Richard L. Smith, your Gainesville, FL dentist, at (352) 331-6349 to schedule an appointment to learn if these dental restorations are a good choice for you. Transform your smile with crowns and bridges!