Sometimes, a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged that it simply can’t do its job anymore without some extra fortification. In other cases, an extraction becomes necessary and you’re left with a gap in your smile. As sad as these situations are, there is good news! A dental crown or bridge from Legacy Trails Dental may be able to give you back the winning grin that you’ve been missing. Let’s take a closer look at these treatments and their many advantages. If you suspect you could benefit from any of our restorative dentistry treatments, please get in touch with us.
Dental crowns are custom-made tooth covers. They protect the tooth, restoring its structure and function. A crown might be necessary if:
Crowns can be crafted out of various materials, including gold, silver, other metals, and porcelain. Porcelain tends to be the most aesthetically pleasing option because it closely resembles natural teeth.
Rather than restore a weakened tooth, a bridge fills in a gap in your smile. It consists of two crowns that fit over the teeth that are next to the empty space. Between the crowns is an artificial tooth (or teeth). Bridges are often made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
In order for us to install a traditional bridge, we’ll have to remove a bit of enamel from the teeth that are adjacent to the gap, but don’t worry about that too much. Thanks to the crowns that will go over them, those pearly whites will stay strong and functional.
Implant-supported bridges are also an option, and they don’t require us to remove enamel from adjacent teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges come with numerous benefits: