Find out how these two restorations could improve the health of your smile.
Crowns and bridges are two of the most commonly used dental restorations because they can correct quite a few dental issues and get your smile back on track to better health. Wondering whether it’s time to talk to our Mount Prospect, IL, dentist Dr. George Mui about getting dental crowns and bridges? Here’s what you should know about these restorations.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are fixed restorations that are designed to either restore a damaged tooth or replace a missing tooth. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the tooth to improve functionality, durability and its appearance. A bridge is also used to fill gaps in your smile and to improve aesthetics.
What are the benefits of a dental crown?
Here are the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get a dental crown from our Mount Prospect, IL, general dentist,
Superior protection: When a tooth is weak or damaged it’s important that you provide it with the proper protection it needs to prevent further damage. While fillings may be ideal for minor decay it won’t be able to support a tooth that is dealing with traumatic injury, severe decay or an infection. In this case, the best approach is to cover the tooth with a dental crown.
Improved appearance: While a crown is often used for restorative purposes this doesn’t mean that a crown can’t also improve your appearance. In fact, porcelain or ceramic crowns are designed to look just like a real tooth. They are even matched to the shade of your smile so you won’t be able to tell the difference between a crown and the rest of your teeth.
Strength and Resiliency: A crown is a very durable restoration, which means that you could have it for 10 years or more with the proper care and maintenance.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
Here are some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get a fixed dental bridge,
Prevent teeth from shifting: If you leave your tooth loss untreated you will notice that the rest of your teeth will begin to move into the open gap in your smile. This can lead to crowding, crookedness and other misalignment issues. The only way to prevent this from happening is to place a restoration like a dental bridge.
Restore chewing and speaking: Even if you are only missing a single tooth, you may already notice the impact it has on your ability to speak or eat certain foods. By getting a dental bridge we can fully restore these habits.
Let the caring dental team at Gentle Dental Care in Mount Prospect, IL, place your next dental crown or bridge. If you want to find out more about these restorations and whether your smile is right for this treatment call our office today.