Crowns and bridges can give your smile a much-needed boost. Our Maple, ON, dentist, Dr. Sophia Lee of Impressions Dental, shares some information about the restorations and explains how they can improve your smile.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped shells that slide over damaged or flawed teeth. Because crowns are made from an impression of your mouth taken in our Maple office, they look perfectly natural when added to your teeth. Crowns have to be tough to stand up the wear and tear involved when you chew, bite and grind foods. Common crown materials, such as porcelain, ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal, all offer exceptional strength and durability.
Bridges are comprised of pontics, or artificial teeth, connected to crowns on either end. They offer an effective way to fill a gap in your smile caused by lost teeth. They're also constructed of porcelain, ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
Why do dentists recommend crowns and bridges?
When you've lost one or more teeth, a bridge improves your appearance and restores your ability to chew normally. If you don't replace your missing tooth, you may have difficulty eating or speaking clearly. Bridges also prevent your teeth from shifting, a problem that can occur if you choose not to fill the gap in your smile.
Crowns serve a variety of purposes. They're often used to protect and restore teeth that are fragile and damaged. Teeth that are cracked, brittle or have weakened due to large fillings or root canal therapy are more likely to break than healthy teeth. Encasing the teeth in crowns prevents fractures.
If a tooth has already fractured, a crown will restore its natural height and width. Once a crown has been added to a broken tooth, you won't be able to tell that it was ever damaged.
Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers, thin porcelain shells that only fit over the fronts of teeth, are often used to conceal stains in tooth enamel. Unfortunately, if your entire tooth is discolored, a veneer may just draw more attention to the tooth rather than disguising the problem. Because crowns completely cover teeth, they're a good solution if your entire tooth has become discolored due to tetracycline usage or a dental procedure. Crowns can also improve the appearance of crooked teeth, hide uneven surfaces or change the length or height of a tooth.
Do you think you can benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Maple, ON, dentist, Dr. Lee of Impressions Dental, at (905) 417-6363 to schedule an appointment.