When are Crowns and Bridges Needed?
People are unhappy with their teeth for numerous reasons. There are a myriad of cosmetic dental procedures and dental restorations available to rejuvenate your smile. However, if you are missing a tooth or feel like your weakened or unsightly tooth could use a makeover, you might benefit from crowns or bridges. But what are these dental restorations and when are they needed? Find out more about crowns and bridges with help from your Framingham, MA dentist.
What are crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration made from porcelain which fits completely over the top of the tooth. Crowns most often help strengthen and stabilize a weakened tooth. Teeth are weakened from many things, including trauma, tooth decay, repeated dental procedures or even a large filling. Crowns also improve the appearance of misshapen, irregular or severely discolored teeth.
What are bridges?
Bridges, made from the same material as crowns, replace a missing tooth by bridging the gap between the surrounding healthy teeth. Two crowns on either side of the restoration surround a prosthetic tooth which sits above the gum line of your gap. The crowns use the healthy teeth surrounding the gap to anchor the bridge into place. Bridges can also be removable, in which case they anchor to the healthy teeth using metal clasps.
The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
When a tooth is missing, it takes a toll on both the bone underneath the socket and the surrounding teeth. Sometimes, a crown is the only way to avoid tooth extraction, which can lead to these undesired side effects. Bridges fill in the gap, providing a proper chewing surface to make eating and even speaking easier. Both types of restorations restore the appearance of the teeth, making you look great and feel even better.
Are crowns or bridges right for me?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for crowns or bridges is to consult with your dentist. For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact James S Cinamon DMD PC and Paul J Hubley DMD PC in Framingham, MA. Call (508) 872-1422 to speak with a patient coordinator to schedule your consultation for crowns or bridges today!