What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a great solution for repairing decayed and cracked teeth. They are custom designed to fit over your natural tooth and replenish its shape to give you a uniform smile. The typical timeline for dental crown placement is two appointments; however, you can request your crown to be completed in a single visit.
What Are Dental Bridges?
If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge in Plano can give you back your complete smile. It’s important to note that you must have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap in order for the restoration to stay in place. These “anchor” teeth will receive dental crowns so that your dental bridge will remain sturdy and permanent. It will literally “bridge the gap” by supporting the replacement teeth.
Just like dental crowns, a dental bridge will take two appointments on average for creation and placement.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?
Dental crowns give a weakened tooth added protection from future damage or breakage. They are also used to replace missing tooth structure that might be lost due to trauma or decay. They also provide a natural look, giving you an aesthetically pleasing smile. With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns can last as long as 15 years or more, with proper care.
With a bridge, you’ll be able to speak with clarity once again now that you don’t have any missing teeth. It will also improve your ability to chew. Bridges can alleviate stress on the nearby teeth because they redistribute the force of the bite so that it’s equal among all the teeth. Plus, you’ll enjoy a renewed appearance thanks to its lifelike look.
Do I Need a Dental Crown or Bridge?
It may not always be easy to tell if you need a dental crown or bridge. Typically, crowns are used to restore teeth that are severely broken or have large cavities. They can also help strengthen weakened teeth that have been filled many times. For bridges, they are specially designed to replace missing teeth. They can bring back a single tooth or three right next to each other. In the case of missing teeth located throughout the mouth, a partial denture would likely be a better solution.