Dental crowns and bridges are among the oldest types of dental restorations, and remain among the most popular restorative dental treatments available today. Dental crowns are fashioned to mimic healthy, natural teeth, and are placed over teeth that are damaged or weakened by tooth infection. Crowns can also be utilized to support dental bridges, which are created to replace one or more lost teeth and restore your smile.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns/Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are often crafted from highly-realistic porcelain, which closely replicates the look and feel of healthy tooth structure. However, their appearance is only one advantage; the true benefits of repairing and replacing teeth with a crown or dental bridge include;
- Restoring full function to your bite
- Improving your smile’s attractive, youthful appearance
- The ability to chew properly (which helps you maintain a healthy, well-rounded diet)
- Improved confidence knowing your smile is as good as new
For patients with cracked, fractured, broken, or severely blemished teeth, a dental crown may be the best restorative option. If you’ve lost a single tooth, or up to three teeth in a row, then a dental bridge could provide the optimal solution. If you’ve lost more teeth than a bridge can replace, then your dentist may recommend a partial or complete denture, or an appropriate number of dental implants.