What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Find out if either of these restorations could improve the look and function of your smile.
There is a reason dental crowns and bridges are common dental restorations, and it’s because they are used to fix so many smile issues. One of our Westerly dentists Dr. Mourad Rahim or Dr. Soha Alkoka can help you determine whether a dental crown or bridge could help correct your dental problems when you come in for a consultation.
The most common reason a dental restoration is needed in the first place is to rebuild a tooth after it has been damaged. A tooth that has been weakened by an infection, decay or trauma can often benefit from dental crowns. Crowns can also be used to cover over a tooth that is severely discolored or malformed and needs an aesthetic makeover. Crowns are made from tooth-colored porcelain to match the patient’s adjacent teeth.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are fixed in place so once the restoration is cemented in place it won’t move or slip around in your mouth. A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap where your missing tooth once was. Your Westerly cosmetic dentist will cover two natural teeth surrounding the gap with dental crowns, which will serve to secure the bridge in place.
Getting a dental crown or bridge is often performed in these steps:
- A consultation (to determine whether crowns or bridges are right for you)
- Preparing the teeth (in which we remove some enamel in order to make room for your crown)
- Taking impressions of your teeth to help create your custom-fitted crown and bridges
- Fabricating the crown or bridge
- Placing the crowns over the teeth and securing the bridge to the crowns with dental cement
Want to find out if your smile could benefit from dental crowns or bridges? Then it’s time to talk to your Westerly, RI restorative dentist at Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry.