Restorative dentistry is the term used to explain how missing or damaged teeth are replaced using Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants are common. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.
Why restorative dentistry procedures are important
- Filling empty spaces in the mouth helps keep teeth properly aligned
- Replacing teeth makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits to help prevent plaque build-up and the problems plaque can lead to
- Missing teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-esteem
Crowns are a time-tested, effective tooth restoration. They are quite versatile and have many uses. They are often used to protect, restore or improve the appearance of:
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Significantly worn teeth
- Teeth significantly damaged by decay
- Misshapen teeth
- Discolored teeth
As you can see, there is overlap in the purpose of crowns. They serve both functional and cosmetic purposes. Tooth crowns are durable and strong, but also very lifelike and attractive. These restorations are a great way to restore weakened teeth while improving the appearance of your smile.
Additionally, tooth crowns are a component of a few dental procedures:
- The tooth restoration following root canal therapy
- The tooth restoration atop a dental implant
- As part of a dental bridge
If you are missing teeth or undergo a root canal treatment, then a dental crown may be part of the answer to restoring your teeth. Rely on our experienced dentists to discuss all of your options with you.
There are many types of dental crowns. Metal and ceramic are two of the most common.
Ceramic crowns not only provide durability, but are also very attractive and look like natural tooth enamel. These crowns are matched to the color of your other teeth for a seamless result. Some people prefer to have their teeth whitened before the crown is placed, for a brighter, whiter smile.
Ceramic crowns are long-lasting. Generally, crowns last an average of 8-10 years, but certainly there are many people with dental crowns that have lasted much longer. Good dental hygiene, including visiting the dentist for your routine cleanings and check-ups, may help extend the life of crowns. Like your teeth, a crown can chip or crack if you chew hard objects, like ice, pen caps, or even hard foods that are not cut into smaller pieces.
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge is formed by creating porcelain dental crowns on your natural teeth, which attach to and hold the replacement tooth. A bridge is essentially a series of crowns attached as a single unit.
Another option, particularly when there are many missing teeth, is dental implants. This is typically referred to as an implant-supported dental bridge. It can be a good option when there are multiple missing teeth in a row.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
For people who are good candidates, dental bridges have several benefits:
- Restore the appearance of your smile
- Typically last many years
- Restore chewing capability
- Restore speech and pronunciation when they have been affected by missing teeth
- Prevent other teeth from drifting out of position. Teeth that have drifted are often harder to clean putting them at higher risk for decay and gum disease
A consultation with our experienced dentists is needed to determine if bridges will be beneficial for you as an individual. Our dentists make sure each guest to our practice knows all of their options – including bridges, implants and dentures – and that they feel empowered to choose the best treatment for them. A one-size-fits-all approach should not apply to dentistry, and we take the time you need to make sure you know what choices are available to you.