Restore Your Smile
You've likely heard of dental crowns and bridges, as they've been used by dentists for many decades. However, you may not be familiar with how these implements work together to restore the way your teeth look and function. Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. James Cinamon, your dentists in Framingham, MA, are here to explain how the two parts of crowns and bridges work together to form one comfortable, attractive, and low-maintenance dental restoration.
What are crowns?
A crown looks like the visible portion of a tooth from most angles, but the bottom and inside of it is hollowed out in order to cover up a natural tooth. These teeth have usually encountered trauma from an accident or more decay than a filling can fix. Crowns repair structural flaws of a tooth by protecting them from further damage. When used with bridges crafted by your Framingham dentist, they help to keep the restoration stable by bolstering the teeth on either side of the gap. Most crowns are made of porcelain for cosmetic reasons; this versatile, naturally white ceramic is painted and polished to match the rest of your teeth.
What are bridges?
As you know, a bridge spans across an area such as a body of water or a deep valley that would otherwise be impassable. When it comes to dental restorations, bridges have a similar purpose: they fill in a gap left by a missing tooth, making it easier for you to eat, smile, and talk. The middle portion of the bridge is known as the pontic, and it looks very similar to a crown except it's solid instead of hollow in the middle. Your Framingham dentist uses bonding cement to attach the bridge to the crowned teeth on both sides. Once the restoration is complete, it's often simply called a bridge.
If you think crowns and bridges might help improve your smile, we want to hear from you! Contact the dental office of Dr. Hubley and Dr. Cinamon in Framingham, MA, to set up your consultation today!