Crowns and bridges, two common types of dental restorations, offer important benefits for your smile. Prairieville, LA, dentist Dr. Paul Nguyen explains how crowns and bridges help improve the appearance and function of your teeth.
How can crowns help my smile?
Crowns restore, protect and stabilize damaged teeth and also improve their appearance. The restorations, commonly called caps, are hollow and shaped just like a tooth minus its roots. Hollow crowns slip over your teeth above the gum and are held in place with dental cement.
You may need a crown if your tooth has broken or is brittle or cracked. Broken teeth are unsightly and make chewing difficult. Crowns offer a simple way to restore the shape and height of your tooth while also improving its appearance.
When you wear a crown, your tooth no longer bears the brunt of the intense pressure you generate when chewing. Crowns encase your tooth and prevent further damage by absorbing the intense pressure biting produces. Not surprisingly, crowns must be incredibly strong to withstand extreme pressure. They're made from a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, ceramic and porcelain-fused-to-metal.
A crown is an excellent choice if you're concerned about an imperfection in a tooth. Because crowns cover teeth completely, they're often used to conceal chips and other flaws in teeth, hide discolorations and change the shape or length of teeth.
What are the benefits of bridges
Bridges are used to restore missing teeth. They're called "bridges" because one or more artificial teeth called pontics are suspended between two crowns. These restorations not only fill in the gap in your smile, but also make it possible to bite, chew and speak easily again. Drifting is a common problem after tooth loss. When a tooth is lost, nearby teeth may begin to move. Drifting can affect your appearance and also cause changes to your bite. When you choose to replace your missing teeth with a bridge during a visit to our Prairieville office, you won't have to worry about shifting teeth.
Could you benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Prairieville, LA, dentist Dr. Paul Nguyen at (225) 673-1647 to schedule an appointment.