If your teeth are missing or damaged, our dentists make it possible to restore them to their natural beauty by providing dental crowns and bridges made from the highest quality materials. With advances in dental medicine, dental crowns and bridges are one of the most common treatments to replace missing teeth or restore a tooth that has suffered decay, trauma or has an unsightly appearance.
WHY DO I NEED A CROWN?
It is important to understand that crowns may be necessary for the following reasons:
- Replace missing teeth
- Offer support to teeth with large cavities, too large to resolve with a filling
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a damaged, weak or compromised tooth that is beyond repair
- After a root canal to minimize chance of fracture of the tooth
- Cosmetic enhancement of a poorly shaped or unsightly tooth
In dentistry, a crown is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused when teeth are damaged beyond repair, either through decay, trauma, gum disease or general wear. Some teeth may have odd or unsightly appearances that affect the appeal of your smile. Placing a custom dental crown, colored and shaped to match your own teeth can feel and function exactly like a natural, healthy tooth. These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems and can last for up to 30 years.
At Oradental, we take great pride in our ability to restore damaged teeth. We understand that every individual is different and some may suffer from more decay than others. When not enough natural tooth structure remains to safely fill a cavity (or when the tooth is extremely decayed), this creates a future risk of fracture or breakage. A porcelain crown is fabricated to completely cover the tooth and restore its natural stability, appearance and function. In many instances, a crown is also needed after root canal treatment to protect the tooth long-term by distributing forces more evenly when a patient bites.
Dr. Chris Tasios and Dr. Jessica Tasios both have an artistic eye and exceptional ability to shade match correctly so your new tooth perfectly blends, feels natural and looks beautiful.
DENTAL CROWNS VS. DENTAL BRIDGES. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
A porcelain crown may be designed to restore a single damaged tooth with structural or cosmetic problems to its original form and function. Alternatively, a bridge may be utilized to replace one or more missing teeth that were lost due to: accident or injury, tooth decay, or gum disease.
At Oradental, a bridge consists of one or more pontic teeth (false teeth) held together by crowns on either side (called an abutment). When creating this fixed bridge apparatus, the crowns are then attached (cemented) to the abutment teeth on either side with the new teeth on the bridge filling the gap.
ADVANTAGES OF A DENTAL BRIDGE:
Filling the space left by the loss of a tooth can improve chewing function, appearance and overall oral health. Teeth are designed to complement one another. With a dental bridge, one can enjoy the benefits of:
- Solid and stable tooth replacement
- Better chewing and speaking
- Support of lips and cheeks resulting in a more youthful appearance. (tooth loss, especially in the back, may cause your cheeks to sink in, aging your face)
- Better alignment of teeth. When tooth loss occurs, this can cause tipping of adjacent teeth or an opposing upper tooth to start growing down into the empty space. A bridge prevents your other teeth from shifting within the mouth and helps to retain a natural, healthy structure.
- Maintain proper function of your mouth and prevention of dental collapse. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.