Crowns and Bridges
Teeth that are missing or damaged can have a real impact on your quality of life. You might feel self-conscious about smiling or speaking around others. It might also be difficult to chew your favorite healthy foods comfortably.
Whatever the reason for your missing or damaged teeth, Dr. Yuchen Sheng of Radiant Smiles Family Dental can restore your smile—and your quality of life.
We provide all porcelain crowns and bridges to restore a cracked tooth, replace a missing tooth, or restore a dental implant. We use the best materials to mimic the color and texture of the natural tooth.
Repairing Damaged Teeth with a Dental Crown
Dental crowns—or tooth caps—are commonly used for a variety of reasons, but primarily to repair a tooth that has been damaged or weakened. For instance, if you have a particularly large filling in one of your back molars, these can fracture over time. Because too much of the tooth has been treated to replace the filling, a dental crown is the best option to save the tooth, stop the spread of any more decay, and make the tooth structure strong again.
Another common use for dental crowns is as a restoration after a tooth has had a root canal. Once the live tissue—or pulp—has been removed from a tooth, this can leave the remaining structure brittle. Putting a crown over the tooth keeps it from breaking, ensuring that patients can chew comfortably again.
Sometimes dental crowns are used cosmetically to cover up a tooth that has an odd shape or a stain that is resistant to teeth whitening. Crowns are also used sometimes to hold a dental bridge in place.
Dental crowns are also used as dental implant restorations after the implant has integrated into the jawbone.
Replacing Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used when one or two teeth in a row are missing. When teeth are missing—even at the back of the mouth where they might not be as noticeable—it can cause your other teeth to shift. This can create a host of other problems, such as wreaking havoc with your bite so that it is difficult to chew. This can also put undue pressure on your healthy teeth, eventually leading to more tooth loss.
With a dental bridge, you are literally bridging the gap where you are missing teeth. The bridge attaches to the teeth—or dental crowns, if needed—on either side of the space in your mouth, filling it in. The bridge is made to look similar to your natural teeth, so it will enhance your appearance while also restoring your ability to chew properly.
A dental bridge is a fixed piece of dental prosthetics, so many patients prefer it to a removable partial denture.
Call Us about a Custom Treatment Plan
Don’t let damaged or missing teeth affect your quality of life or negatively impact your remaining healthy teeth. If you need restorative dentistry such as a dental crown or bridge, or dental implant restorations, call Dr. Sheng today and make an appointment for a consultation.