When teeth become lost or damaged, it causes a person to suffer in more ways than one. Lost and damaged teeth appear unsightly, and they can ruin the look of a person’s smile. Many people with this problem also find that it is difficult to chew food and to speak clearly. Fortunately, dental crowns and bridges serve as two excellent methods for dealing with this troubling issue. Our dental crowns and bridges feature a natural appearance, and they offer the performance of strong, healthy teeth. At Oasis Family Dental, we are proud to provide patients with crowns and bridges constructed from porcelain, a material that is well-known in the dental community for its natural look and great functionality.
A dental crown is comprised of a tooth-shaped structure that is placed at the site of a tooth that has been lost or over a tooth that has been damaged in order to restore its function and appearance.
There are many reasons for a person to receive a dental crown, such as:
- Strengthening teeth
- Root canal treatment
- Improving tooth function
- Adjusting tooth appearance
- Fixing a misshapen tooth
- Replacing a lost tooth
When applying a dental crown, we start by shaving off some of the enamel on the tooth that is designated for treatment. This will help to make room for the new crown. Next, the crown itself will be applied over the tooth and secured using a dental adhesive. After making sure that the crown is firmly attached, we will provide the patient with important instructions on how to care for their new dental restoration.
Sometimes referred to as partial dentures, a dental bridge is used when a person has lost multiple teeth. A bridge consists of natural-looking artificial teeth that are supported by the remaining teeth that are still present in the mouth. Depending upon its type, a dental bridge can either be permanently attached or removable for easy cleaning. Our experts will help you determine which type of bridge is best for you.
Removable bridges are held in place using metal clasps or precision attachments that are permanently secured in the user’s mouth. These structures do an outstanding job of supporting a dental bridge, keeping it secure at all times, even while the user is talking or eating. A great aspect of removable bridges is that they can be easily taken out of the mouth for cleaning purposes and then quickly reinserted.
Fixed bridges are designed to remain inside the mouth at all times. They remain in place using one of two methods. A fixed bridge can either be applied on top of supporting structures as a series of multiple dental crowns, or it can be bonded directly to the adjacent teeth and use these structures as support. Since fixed bridges are permanently secured inside the mouth, they may feel more natural to the user when compared with a removable bridge.
If you would like to learn more about crowns and bridges and how they can be used to replace lost or damaged teeth, please call us at (201) 338-5138 to schedule an appointment.