At Gentle Dental Care in Mount Prospect, IL, your dentist offers beautiful porcelain crowns and lifelike bridges to complete and strengthen smiles. Dr. George Mui carefully designs these restorations according to your unique needs and preferences.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap of quality ceramic which replaces damaged enamel and supports remaining structure above the gum line. It bites precisely with its counterpart on the opposite arch and blends in with its neighbors. Also, crowns cover dental implants and attach bridges to teeth on both sides of a smile gap.
What is a bridge?
Bridgework replaces missing teeth. The new, artificial teeth are called pontics. The remaining proximate teeth are called abutments. Typically, your Mount Prospect dentist covers the abutments with crowns which hold the pontics in place, complete bridging a smile gap--hence the name, bridge.
Reasons to consider a crown or bridge
Many people have heavily damaged or missing teeth because of extensive tooth decay, gum disease, teeth clenching (bruxism) oral injury or congenital defect. Crowns totally refurbish failing teeth, extending their usefulness and life span indefinitely and preserving smile alignment, as well as biting and chewing efficiency. Also, very practically speaking, why extract a sick tooth if you can crown it and enjoy a beautiful smile?
Of course, sometimes circumstances require tooth extraction. If that's upcoming for you, a bridge has several advantages, including maintaining your personal appearance, ability to speak and eat properly and dental alignment as well.
Also, bridges supported by dental implants feature this benefit: they maintain jaw bone structure. With tooth loss, 25 percent of underlying bone recedes within a year, says Dear Doctor. Titanium implants stop that process, strengthen bone, and stabilize bridgework.
Find out more
If you have failing teeth, gaps or anticipated dental extractions, now's the time to consult with the team at Gentle Dental Care in Mount Prospect, IL. Your dentist has advanced training in restorations and prosthetics of all kinds and will evaluate your oral health situation and tooth restoration/replacement needs. Crowns and bridges could be on your treatment plan. Contact us for a consultation with Dr. George Mui: (847) 253-5901.