Crowns and Bridges
When teeth are damaged or missing, your smile can be impacted. You might not be able to chew properly, and you might even feel self-conscious about speaking or eating in public. Not repairing a damaged tooth might mean you could lose it. Not filling in the space left by missing teeth put the surrounding teeth at risk.
Two options for restoring your smile include a dental crown or bridge. Both of these are permanent treatments that will restore the form and function of your teeth.
Talk to Dr. Richard Mancuso about whether or not you need a dental crown or bridge to restore your smile.
Repairing Damaged Teeth With a Dental Crown
A dental crown is placed over a damaged tooth and permanently cemented into place. Sometimes referred to as a tooth “caps” because of the way it fits over the tooth structure, crowns will improve both the strength and appearance of the damaged tooth. It will also keep it from declining even more.
Many people have large fillings with 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.
Teeth that severely worn, fractured, misshapen, or discolored can be covered up with a dental crown. Dental crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.
The Dental Crown Process
If he determines 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 before preparing your tooth. Preparation of the natural tooth includes removing the damage or decay. Next, he will make an impression or mold of the tooth so that the lab can fabricate the crown.
He will place a temporary crown on the tooth that will stay in place until your permanent crown is ready. Your permanent, custom-made crown will look just like a natural tooth.
Replacing Missing Teeth With a Dental Bridge
Missing teeth can interfere with your ability to chew properly, and even one missing tooth can compromise your healthy teeth. Consider a bridge to replace the missing teeth in your mouth. The bridge will blend in with your natural teeth, and you will be able to chew properly again. Another plus is that you will no longer have to feel self-conscious about spaces left by missing teeth.
It might be tempting to leave the gaps in your smile, especially if they are in the back of your mouth. But not doing anything can put your healthy teeth at risk. The remainder of the teeth in your mouth will gradually move, much like a book that is pulled from a bookshelf. This can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, further loss of teeth, and changes in your bite.
Getting Your Own Custom Treatment Plan
If you need a dental crown or bridge to restore your smile, contact Carrollwood Village Dental to discuss a custom treatment plan.