Embarrassed to smile because of a missing or damaged tooth? A crown or bridge may be just what you need to improve your smile and your self-confidence. Jill Markos, DDS, your Vancouver, WA, dentist, shares information about the benefits of crowns and bridges.
Do I need a crown or a bridge?
Crowns, commonly called caps, slide over a tooth, covering it completely. Bridges replace missing teeth. They consist of a false tooth or teeth attached to a crown on either side.
Crowns and bridges look like natural teeth
Crowns and bridges are typically made with porcelain, a material that looks just like tooth enamel. They're also crafted to fit your mouth perfectly, which means no one will be able to tell you're wearing a dental appliance. When you visit your Vancouver dentist, she'll create a mold of your teeth with dental putty. Dental lab technicians use that mold to make your custom-made bridge or crown.
Crowns offer cosmetic and practical benefits
A crown is a good choice if you have a cosmetic issue, such as a chip in a tooth or an obvious discoloration. Since the crown encases your tooth completely, it does an excellent job of concealing the problem. Crowns can also be used to lengthen short teeth or cover a tooth that just doesn't look like the others. Crowns help stabilize cracked teeth and prevent them from breaking. If your tooth is already broken, a crown restores your ability to use the tooth to bite and chew. Root canals and large fillings weaken teeth, but crowns provide much needed protection.
Bridges make it easier to enjoy food
It can be difficult to bite into and chew food if you have a missing tooth. When you replace that tooth with a bridge, you can continue to eat your favorite foods. Missing teeth can also cause bite issues that result in pain and difficulty chewing.
Ready to transform your smile with a crown or bridge? Call Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, at (360) 693-2544 today.