If your teeth are broken, discolored or if your teeth are crooked, crowded or missing, your Jacksonville dentist can correct these dental problems with dental crowns and bridges. Crowns are typically used when a tooth can be repaired individually, while bridges are often used to restore missing teeth or teeth that are damaged beyond repair. With advances in dental technology and materials, crowns and bridges can now be made with porcelain, eliminating dark metal and unsightly bands at the base of the tooth.
Dental Crowns Protect Damaged Teeth
Crowns are a type of dental restoration that can help to protect teeth which have become damaged, broken or cracked. As opposed to replacing the damaged tooth completely, a crown is used to strengthen the existing tooth in order to preserve its usefulness. Your teeth may require a crown if the damage to it is so great that the remaining tooth is too weak to support a filling. In addition, crowns can be used for the following reasons:
To treat or protect a weak tooth, or those with large fillings
To strengthen a fractured or broken tooth
To enhance a tooth that is discolored or treated by a root canal
To hold a dental bridge in place
To cover a dental implant
To provide a strong, smooth, attractive surface for stained, misshapen or abnormal teeth
To improve the shape, size or color of teeth
While conventional crowns have been used to strengthen teeth for decades with great success, they unfortunately did not always offer esthetic benefits due to the dark metals used to fabricate the crowns. With recent advancements in dental technology and an increasingly high demand for esthetics from patients, crowns made of porcelain have emerged as a popular alternative to unsightly metal crowns.
Dental Bridges Close Gaps in Teeth
Working alongside dental crowns, dental bridges are commonly recommended when there is one or more teeth missing. Often, to complete the dental bridge you may also need two crowns to anchor the false tooth in place. Tooth loss can have a negative effect on the function and appearance of even the most beautiful smile. A dental bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace missing teeth lost by disease or injury. Bridges help combat the negative consequences of tooth loss by helping maintain facial structure and filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth.
Fixed bridges are cemented to existing teeth, making them a permanent restoration. Removable bridges, on the other hand, can be removed and cleaned at home. Which dental bridge (removable or fixed) is best for your dental problem can be determined by your dentist in Jacksonville. Similar to today’s crowns, bridges are more natural-looking and functional than ever before. No longer will you have to wear a denture or false teeth to fill in a gap in your mouth.
With today’s advances in modern dental crown and bridge materials, repairing and restoring damaged and missing teeth can be very appealing. Many times, crowns and bridges can be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Your Jacksonville dentist can also replace your old crown with a new, tooth-matching crown if you already have crowns that are dark and noticeable.