Damaged and missing teeth make it difficult to live life with confidence. Parts of life that others take for granted become challenging including eating favorite foods and even smiling and laughing.
At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we have numerous solutions for broken, decayed, or missing teeth. Two of our most popular and cost-effective options are dental crowns and dental bridges.
Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as “caps,” are placed over the top of your natural tooth to protect, support, and repair the tooth. Crowns can help us save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed.
Dental Crowns can be used in a variety of situations. Some of the most common reasons that we use dental crowns include:
- Damage to teeth caused by trauma or injury
- Teeth that have extensive decay or very large cavities
- Teeth that need extra support following a root canal
- Teeth that are worn down or damaged because of erosion
- Cracks and fractures caused by grinding or clenching
- As part of a dental implant system to replace missing teeth
The technology used to create dental crowns has improved by leaps and bounds in the last years. We have multiple options to create the dental crowns that will provide the best support for your teeth as well as the best aesthetics. We are proud to offer tooth-colored crowns that contain no metal and look nearly identical to natural teeth.
Our dentists will discuss your options and help you choose the right dental crown to protect your tooth or teeth.
Dental bridges help to “fill in the gaps” left by missing teeth with artificial teeth that look exactly like the real thing. Unlike partials or dentures, dental bridges are designed to remain in place permanently. With good care and hygiene habits, your dental bridge may last a lifetime.
Dental bridges are made up of one or more artificial teeth that are held in place using dental crowns affixed to the adjoining teeth or dental implants. We will work with you to determine the right option for you depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, where they are located, and your particular dental goals.
Caring for Your Restorations
Proper care is important for extending the life of your restorations. Just follow the brushing and flossing routine that we will recommend for you. The tooth below your crown and the adjacent teeth can decay but not the dental crowns or dental bridges. Additionally, a buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to bad breath. Eventually, periodontal disease can occur.
Along with practicing good home health-care habits, regular dental cleanings and examinations are necessary. At your appointment, we’ll check the condition of your restoration to make sure that it’s still in good shape.
While your restorations are designed to be durable, they can break if they are placed under too much pressure – just like your own natural teeth. If you happen to break a crown or a bridge, call our office immediately so that we can quickly repair the damage.
To learn more about crowns and bridges and how they can help you, call our Glendale dental office today.
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