Adult humans don't have the capacity to replace damaged or missing permanent teeth naturally. Once a tooth is lost or damaged, we use other options to replace or restore the teeth. To overcome this problem, we use dentures, crowns, and bridges. Dentures are one treatment option but they are not always the preferred solution for replacing teeth if you are looking for something fixed. For some patients, these removable prosthetics can be difficult to manage. At Refresh Dental, we propose crowns and bridges as a treatment option because they're a fixed solution for missing or damaged teeth and are a good option in many cases.
Crowns are fabricated caps that are placed on top of damaged teeth. They can be used when there is enough tooth structure to save the tooth but it requires additional protection. Often this is due to large filling or fracture. Crowns are also used to restore an implant. The natural tooth or implant acts as an anchor to ensure the crown stays in place. This crown is cemented into place. Crowns are very close to natural teeth in appearance and resilience. They are very similar in shape and texture to natural teeth and usually no large adaptation is required. Once a crown is cemented you are able to eat normally and enjoy the foods you wish.
Bridges can be a good option if you have one or two missing teeth or if you are unable to tolerate a denture. The dentist uses the surrounding teeth as anchor teeth that support the bridge (which replaces the missing teeth/tooth). This is also a fixed option as the bridge is cemented to the surrounding supporting teeth. Bridges work very well in situations where the missing teeth span is small and there are stable supporting teeth on either side of the space.
We only recommend these prosthetics after conducting a thorough examination of your teeth and surrounding structures. There are many treatment options and during your examination, the options and recommendations will be presented to you. Here are some situations in which crowns or bridges may be recommended:
If you want to know more about our crowns and bridges services here at Refresh Dental, give us a call on 780-705-5557. You can also get in touch through our online form and book an appointment.
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