Get A New Smile With A Crown Or BridgeTuesday, May 3rd, 2016
What do crowns and bridges have in common? Both are ways that dentists can replace your missing teeth.
In a way, dental crowns could be considered the building blocks of restorative dental services. They are certainly an important way that we’ve helped more patients than we can count at Advanced Smile Arts.
When a patient walks into our dentist office in Danville, IL, we want them to walk out knowing they have received the best care that we can offer.
By the end of today’s post, we want to know what crowns and bridges are and how we use them to help patients just like you.
What Are Dental Crowns And Bridges?
First and foremost, you may already know that the crown of your tooth is the part that is visible when you open your mouth.
Your crowns are what make your smile what it is, and your crowns are the part of your tooth that bites into your food and chews it. Without questions, crowns are important.
Nevertheless, millions of people lose teeth or damage their teeth every year in the United States.
If you lived a couple thousand years about, you may have had to just live with your lost teeth. Then again, your missing teeth may have been replaced with seashells, rocks, ivory, or animals bones, depending on where in the world you lived.
Today’s dental crowns are made with stronger, more durable, and incredibly life-like materials. In fact, you probably know at least one person who has a dental crown, whether you realize it or not.
At Advanced Smile Arts, our dental crowns are made with BruxZir zirconia. Not only will it look like a real tooth when it is placed in your mouth, but studies have shown that BruxZir zirconia causes less wear on other teeth than porcelain crowns.
We create dental bridges by fusing dental crowns together. This means your dental bridge also will be strong and still look like natural teeth.
What Do We Do With Crowns And Bridges?
Crowns can be used for several purposes. We will start with teeth that are discolored, damaged, or decayed.
A discolored tooth can occur as a result of an injury. This can make it stand out for the wrong reasons when you speak or smile.
A damaged tooth may be chipped or broken. This could be the result of a traumatic impact or your attempt to bite into something that was a little too hard.
Tooth decay is often the result of poor dental hygiene. It can also occur if you have misaligned teeth. This can create spaces that are harder to clean with brushing and flossing, and the bacteria that cause tooth decay can thrive in those spaces, unfortunately.
In each of the situations above, the solution is to remove the weak or damaged parts of your tooth. As we remove those parts, we form an abutment with the remaining healthy parts of your tooth.
When your dental crown is ready, we will bond it to your tooth. Once this is secured in place, your dental crown will function like the rest of your teeth.
Another way to use a dental crown is to replace a missing, lost, or extracted tooth. In that case, we will want to replace the whole tooth — not just the crown.
To do this, we will place a dental implant in your jaw. The implant will have an abutment on the end, which is where we can place your dental crown.
A dental bridge can be used to replace missing teeth as well.
The traditional way to do this is by reshaping two teeth in the same way that we reshape a tooth for a dental crown. Those teeth will support the abutment crowns, located on the outside of your bridge.
Those teeth are the support for that holds your bridge in place.
This process involves reshaping teeth that may be perfectly healthy. If you would rather not do that, then you may want to consider an implant-supported bridge. Like a dental crown, dental bridges can be made to fit over one or more dental implants.
Bite Into It
It’s hard to describe what kind of difference dental crowns and bridges have made in the lives of our patients. For some people, this gives them renewed confidence about their smiles. Others are grateful that they can continue eating the foods that they enjoy.
If you would like to find out if you would be a good candidate for a dental crown or bridge, contact our dentist in Danville, IL. You can reach Advanced Smile Arts by making an appointment online or by calling our office at 217-703-4536.
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