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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.
Dental implants might be right for you if you are missing any teeth and want a permanent solution that doesn’t require the use of adhesives, as is the case with dentures. Dental implants are surgically installed and will not come loose and slip out of place. Once in place, installation is permanent. With proper care that includes good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your dental implants can last indefinitely. At Siwell Dental in Byram, MS, Dr. Quintin Todd Julius can determine if dental implants are right for you.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants act as artificial replacement teeth and roots. Each dental implant is made up of three separate parts. These are the implant, abutment and crown. The implant, made of hypoallergenic titanium, is drilled into the jaw bone; it functions as a root for the artificial tooth to be installed. The crown, usually made from porcelain, is the artificial tooth and is installed above the gums alongside the natural teeth. The abutment securely connects the crown and implant. After installation is complete, only the crown is visible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are several benefits associated with dental implants. In Byram, MS, dental implants can be installed by an experienced dentist so there is no need to visit a specialist. Other benefits of getting dental implants include:
- Replacement of missing teeth
- Restoration of normal tooth functions (biting and chewing)
- Permanent installation
- No risk of slipping out of place
- Natural appearance
- Easy to care for
- Reduce strain on surrounding teeth
From replacement of missing teeth to the restoration of tooth functioning, dental implants serve both a cosmetic and functional purpose. Caring for them is as simple as brushing and flossing daily just as you do already. Maintaining these daily oral hygiene habits, along with regular dental checkups, will keep your dental implants strong so that they last a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Julius, your dentist for dental implants in Byram, MS. Call Siwell Dental at (601) 371-8634 to schedule your appointment.