Has your smile changed over the years - and not for the better? Improving your smile may be as simple as adding a crown or bridge. These restorations offer the ideal solution to many dental issues, including discolored, broken, missing or cracked teeth. The doctors at Siwell Dental in Byram, MS, explain how you can benefit from crowns and bridges.
What is the difference between crowns and bridges?
Bridges replace missing teeth, while crowns are used to restore teeth or conceal imperfections. Crowns look just like natural teeth, except they're hollow inside. They fit over teeth and offer an excellent way to stabilize and protect weak or damaged teeth. Bridges consist of a row of artificial teeth attached together. Crowns on either end of the bridge anchor it in your mouth. Both crowns and bridges are attached to your mouth with dental cement in our Byram office. Depending on the materials used to make the crowns and bridges, the restorations can last 10 to 15 years or longer.
When are crowns and bridges recommended?
Crowns and bridges are very effective in correcting damage. They cover cracks and restore teeth that have broken. A crack in a tooth is a warning sign. Because cracks weaken teeth, you can expect the tooth to break at some point in the future if you don't protect it with a crown. Breaks are not only painful, but can jeopardize the health of your tooth. If a break is severe and extends into the roots of a tooth, the only option may be extraction. Adding a crown to a cracked tooth help you avoid this unpleasant consequence.
Crowns are also used to change the way a tooth looks and can improve the appearance of crooked, discolored or chipped tooth. If you grind your teeth at night, you may notice that they've become shorter. Shorter teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue, as they can affect your bite, the way your teeth fit together. Crowns extend the length of teeth, improving both appearance and bite.
Missing teeth affect your appearance and make biting and chewing difficult. Bridges replace missing teeth and restore your ability to chew normally. Both crowns and bridges can be attached to dental implants, titanium posts that bond to your jawbone and replace missing tooth roots. Implants offer a permanent way to replace missing teeth and are the latest restoration innovation.
Are you considering crowns and bridges? Call Byram, MS, dentists at (601) 371-8634 to schedule an appointment.