Many dental procedures are done to improve the function of teeth, but others are done for a better appearance. A cosmetic dentist can use crowns or bridges to help give your teeth a better appearance. You will certainly smile more if you feel comfortable with the way your teeth appear.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a permanent prosthetic placed by a dentist. It is a tooth-like cap that is seated over a damaged tooth to restore or improve function and to improve appearance. Crowns are often ceramic or porcelain and can be matched to natural teeth. Sometimes gold or silver alloys are used, particularly for back teeth.
When Would One Need a Crown?
There are many reasons one might need a dental crown. These can include:
• Protect a weak tooth from fracture
• Restore a broken tooth
• Replace a large filling
• Cover a tooth that has had a root canal
• Cover a poorly shaped or discolored tooth
• Cover a dental implant
• To attach a bridge
What Are Dental Bridges?
Like a crown, dental bridges are a permanent prosthetic. It can also be made of porcelain or ceramic to match the natural teeth. A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to become misaligned or even rotated to cause for a poor bite and deformed appearance. A bridge is attached to the existing teeth on either side of the missing tooth and permanently cemented into place.
How Will the Dentist Fit My Crown or Bridge?
Before a crown or bridge can be placed, the tooth or teeth need to be reduced in size so the crown or bridge will fit over it. Next, an impression will be made to get the exact fit, and colors will be matched if you are going to have a ceramic prosthetic.
The permanent bridge or crown will be made from the impressions by a dental lab. While they are being made, a temporary crown or bridge will be placed over the prepared tooth or teeth. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary, make sure that the permanent one has a good fit, and then cement it into place.
Once you are pleased with the results of your new bridge or crown, you may notice that some of your other teeth are also misshapen or different colors. Dental veneers can solve this problem and your cosmetic dentist can also help you with these. Dental veneers can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth with a relatively simple procedure. So, call your dentist today to schedule an appointment and change the way you smile.