Having severely damaged or missing teeth doesn’t mean you can’t still achieve a beautiful smile. Crowns and bridges can restore the strength and oral function by replacing or repairing teeth.
Dr. Connelly uses the latest technology to create your bridges and crowns, getting you back to your natural-looking smile sooner. Untreated missing or damaged teeth can lead to long-term or permanent consequences for both your oral and overall health. While crowns and bridges can help the aesthetics of your smile, they can also prevent and treat health issues before they become worse.
Crowns are made out of porcelain and are designed encase a damaged tooth to protect it. They can restore the original shape, size, and function of teeth that have been cracked, chipped, fractured or damaged. The crown’s purpose is to help protect and strengthen an existing tooth structure.
Crowns are made out of porcelain because it can be used to accurately mimic the color and texture of your natural teeth to allow them to blend in with the rest of your teeth. Porcelain is also an extremely durable material, making it ideal for the everyday wear and tear your new crown will have to go through. Crowns aren’t permanent, they will eventually have to be replaced though they can last several years if they are properly cared for. They can easily be installed in a single visit to Dr. Connelly’s office in St. Johns.
Some things that might make crowns the right option include:
- If have fractured or large fillings
- If your teeth are decayed
- If have fractured or broken teeth
- After you’ve had a root canal
- If your smile needs cosmetic enhancement
Like a crown, bridges are made out of porcelain, and are made to resemble your natural teeth. Bridges are used to fill in gaps in the smile, restoring its appearance and function while protecting the gums to prevent gum disease. Though they are fixed and non removable they aren’t permanent. They will need to be replaced in the future though they can last several years if properly cared for.
When choosing to use a bridge to restore your smile, Dr. Connelly will discuss the three type of bridges which include the traditional bridge, cantilever bridge, and Maryland bonded bridge. The most common is the traditional bridge.A traditional bridge uses two crowns anchored on natural teeth in order to provide the support for the prosthetic tooth used to fill in the empty gap.
Some things that might make dental bridges the best option for you include:
- If you need to replace missing teeth
- If you are trying to prevent misalignment of you smile
- If you want to restore proper chewing and speaking
- If you want to restore your smile
- If you want to upgrade from removable partial denture
Visit Dr. Connelly In St. Johns, MI Today!
Let your beautifully restored smile speak for itself. Dr. Connelly will be able to determine what the best course of treatment is depending on your current condition and your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!