If you have missing or decayed teeth or have significant gaps of missing teeth, you may find it challenging to perform your normal oral cavity functions. Besides these complications, your self-confidence may drop when your smile feels incomplete. At Beautiful Dentistry in Tempe, AZ 85284, we offer restorations such as crowns and bridges to correct these issues. Both these restorations give back the shape, function, and appearance of damaged or missing teeth.
What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
A dental crown is a cap that helps conceal an impaired tooth to restore its appearance and biting function, as well as strengthen the vulnerable areas of the tooth. Crowns are regularly used after root canal procedures or if a tooth has incurred damage due to oral trauma.
A dental bridge is a chain of crowns that cover the gap of missing teeth in your mouth. The bridge prevents the adjacent teeth around a gap from shifting and gives your smile a more natural appearance and function.
What Are Some Benefits of Crowns and Bridges?
- Improved appearance
- Filled gaps of missing teeth
- Designed to last for years
- Restored bite
- Damaged areas are protected
- The shift of the teeth are prevented
- Concealed cracks or chips
How Are Crowns and Bridges Made?
Before placing a crown or a bridge, the tooth must be reshaped and resized so that the crown or bridge can rest over it comfortably. After reshaping the tooth, Dr. Martin Sobieraj will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. Diligent care is taken to make sure that the color of the artificial crowns and bridges matches the color of your existing teeth.
Using this impression, the restorations are fabricated in a lab using materials of your choice. Meanwhile, a provisional crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the resized tooth. When the permanent crown or bridge is prepared, they are cemented in position over your prepared tooth or teeth using adhesives.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can last your lifetime, but there is a chance that they come loose or fall out. To ensure the life of your crown or bridge, it is vital to follow good oral hygiene practices.
A bridge can lose its anchor if the teeth or bone keeping it in position are damaged by dental disease. To prevent damage to your new restorations:
- Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects.
- Keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.
- Go to regular checkups and dental cleanings at our dental office.
Call Beautiful Dentistry in Tempe, AZ 85284 at (281) 991-6530 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin Sobieraj if you want to have crowns and/or bridge restorations.