Whether through injury or disease, a tooth that has been damaged will often require immediate attention to protect it from further damage, restore function, and for esthetics. Even in cases where a tooth is missing, restorative dentistry procedures are necessary to keep the tissue surrounding the gap healthy. Inhibited speech, pain while chewing, and discomfort are a few of the symptoms that might be alleviated with a dental crown or bridge.
Though crowns and bridges can be used for addressing similar dental diagnoses, it is important to determine which is right to meet each patient's particular needs. During a consultation with one of the dentists at Newman Family Dentistry, he will examine your case then recommend and discuss a treatment options with you.
Dental Crowns - A crown is used when a damaged tooth is found to have less viable structure remaining than is needed to support a filling. Crowns are also used to protect a weak tooth from fracture or to repair a fracture. They are also used for cosmetic dentistry purposes. For example, they can cover misshapen or discolored teeth. Crowns are also used to cover dental implants and when necessary, to create solid anchors for a bridge.
Dental Bridges - When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may shift, impacting your ability to chew efficiently. Your speech can also be affected. A dental bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial ones, effectively filling and eliminating the gap where the lost teeth had been. The bridge is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. A bridge's success is dependent on keeping the surrounding teeth healthy and strong.
A small dental problem can quickly blossom into something that can be detrimental to both your oral health and bodily health. A healthy body starts with a healthy smile. Allowing a problem to progress from a cavity to the loss of a tooth can definitely create an extensive issue that is much harder and more expensive to treat, and one that might have long-term effects. Healthy and strong teeth support and maintain your jaw alignment. Leaving a gap unfilled will weaken your oral structures. It is recommended that you come in for your regular check-ups and cleanings to prevent and address any signs of decay before it can cause the necessity for restorative procedures such as a crown or a bridge.
While oral health is the most important aspect when it comes to getting a bridge or crown, the cosmetic effects are also something to consider. Restoring your smile can boost confidence and self-esteem with ease, and allow you to smile freely. If you would like to come in for a consultation, please contact us. Take care of your teeth, and they will keep you in good health for years to come.
The dentists at Newman Family Dentistry are happy to take the time to discuss options and explain treatments to our patients so you can make educated decisions about your dental care. Contact us today at either our Indianapolis or Carmel, IN location to discuss whether a crown, bridge, or other dental treatment is right for you.