Crowns and Bridges
If you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth, the need to treat the problem is much more important than simply esthetics. It is always important to repair a damaged tooth so you can save it, and it is even more critical to fill the space left behind by a missing tooth before surrounding teeth are impacted. A dental crown or bridge can restore the form and function of your teeth.
There are a lot of reasons why you might need a dental crown or bridge, including strengthening a tooth that has become damaged or replacing the space left behind by a missing tooth. Both of these are restorative treatments that are cemented into place permanently, giving you back the function you may have lost.
Talk to Dr. Richard Mancuso about whether or not you need a dental crown or bridge to repair your missing or damaged teeth.
Repairing Damaged Teeth With a Dental Crown
A dental crown is a natural-looking restoration that is placed over a damaged tooth and permanently cemented into place. Sometimes referred to as “caps,” crowns will improve both the strength and appearance of the damage tooth. It will also keep it from declining even more.
Many people have very large fillings with very little of the natural tooth structure left. As these fillings become worn, a crown is used to save and strengthen what is left of the natural tooth structure.
People who have teeth that are severely worn, fractured, misshapen, or discolored can also benefit from dental crowns. Dental crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.
Getting a Dental Crown
If you need a dental crown, Dr. Mancuso will take an x-ray of the area to ensure the health of the tooth root and jawbone. Then he will prepare the natural tooth for crown placement by removing the crack or decay. Next, he will make an impression or mold of the tooth so that a custom crown can be made.
He will place a temporary crown on the tooth that will stay in place until your permanent crown is ready. Your custom-made crown will look completely natural. It will blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Replacing Missing Teeth With a Dental Bridge
If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Mancuso might recommend a bridge to replace the missing teeth. The bridge will look very much like your natural teeth, and it will ensure you have normal chewing function again. Another plus is that you will no longer have to feel self-conscious about spaces left by missing teeth.
It’s important to fill the gap left behind by missing teeth. If you don’t, the remainder of the teeth in your mouth will start to shift. This shifting will cause gum disease, tooth decay, further loss of teeth and changes in your bite. A bridge will permanently fill the space by being cemented to your natural teeth.
Getting Your Own Custom Treatment Plan
Make sure damaged or missing teeth do not negatively impact your remaining teeth and your health. If you need a dental crown or bridge, contact Carrollwood Village Dental to discuss a custom restorative treatment plan.
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