Repairing and replacing damaged and missing teeth helps to restore your smile and the function of your teeth. Crowns and bridges are two types of dental repair that can be used to address damaged teeth. Simple Dental carries out the insertion of both crowns and bridges.
Crowns are used to cap a damaged tooth, while bridges are designed to replace one or more missing teeth.
Dental crowns are artificial caps that are placed on damaged, cracked, or decayed teeth to repair them. A crown can also be placed on a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. When you have a damaged, weak, or decaying tooth, a crown strengthens it and helps to prevent further damage. It helps the tooth to maintain its appearance, size, and shape too.
Crowns can be made from gold or metal alloys, or from porcelain, ceramic, or zirconia, which are better for matching the crown to the color of your teeth. To create a crown, the dentist first prepares the tooth and takes an impression of your teeth and gums. This will be used to create a crown that fits the tooth.
Why get a crown?
- Protect a damaged or weak tooth and prevent further damage
- Keep your natural tooth and avoid removal
- Match the crown to your natural teeth
- Improve your bite and smile
A bridge is a way to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike a denture, dental bridges are fixed in place instead of being removable. When you have a bridge placed, it is supported on anchoring teeth on either side. The dentist will place crowns on your natural teeth or can use dental implants, which will hold the artificial tooth (or teeth) in place.
A choice of materials is available for bridges. Your dentist can help you to decide which one is best based on your wants and needs. Before the bridge can be attached, the dentist will prepare the teeth on either side so that the caps can be fitted. An impression of your bite will be taken so that the bridge can be custom-made to fit your mouth.
Why get a bridge?
- Replace missing teeth without implants
- Enjoy the convenience of a fixed solution instead of removable dentures
- Match artificial teeth and crowns to your natural teeth
- Restore your smile, bite, and even speech when they are affected by missing teeth
- Prevent further problems caused by missing teeth
Durable Solutions for Damaged and Missing
Both dental crowns and dental bridges are highly durable and can last for many years if you take care of them. They offer affordable ways to repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth. Crowns and bridges restore the look of your smile but they also have practical benefits. They restore your bite, making eating and chewing easier. Where a missing tooth is affecting your speech, a bridge can help to correct that too.
At Simple Dental, we can help with dental crowns and dental bridges. If you have a missing or damaged tooth, we can discuss the best option for you. Book your appointment today to find out more.