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How Crowns and Bridges Work to Restore Your Smile

Find out how these common restorations can strengthen and enhance your teeth.

If you are dealing with tooth loss or struggling with a compromised tooth, it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to for reliable care. Here at the Prairieville, LA, office of your dentist, Dr. Paul Nguyen, we can determine the right treatment option to meet your needs, and for these scenarios, we often turn to crowns and bridges—read on to learn why.

A crown fixes damaged teeth

A crown is a custom-made, tooth-shaped cap that is fixed in place over the crown of a tooth to strengthen it and to protect it from further damage. The sole purpose of a crown is to support what’s left of a tooth after it’s been broken, cracked, or undergone a root canal. Of course, a crown can also improve the overall shape, size, and color of a tooth.

Therefore, if you have a damaged tooth that was also discolored or stood out from the rest of your smile, our dentist can create a crown that matches the color and look of your natural teeth so it blends right in.

Bridges replace one or more missing teeth in a row

A bridge can be removable or fixed in place, and it is designed to replace one or more missing teeth by filling the gap with realistic-looking false teeth. If you have strong, healthy teeth that surround the gap, your dentist may recommend a fixed bridge. To get a fixed bridge, crowns are placed over these two natural teeth on both sides of the gap. These crowns then anchor false teeth in place to fill the gap and to give you a full smile again.

Fixed bridges offer many advantages including keeping your false teeth in place, making it easy to chew or speak without teeth moving or shifting around in your mouth.

Interested? Give our Prairieville office a call

Are you dealing with a damaged smile? Experiencing tooth loss? Whatever the case might be, the dental team at Nguyen Dental in Prairieville, LA, can help. Call (225) 673-1647 to schedule a consultation with us.

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