Although the enamel is the strongest substance found in the human body, it is not entirely immune to damage. The teeth may crack, fracture, chip, or sometimes wear so extensively that they could be down to their stubs. In other cases, the teeth could completely break or snap off right near the gum line or may have to be extracted when they are not restorable. Such oral conditions can be treated using crowns and bridges.
What are crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns are cap-like restorations placed over damaged or weak teeth so that they can be restored to their original strength and appearance. Bridges are tooth restorations that replace missing teeth. They are the simplest option to restore a missing tooth as the procedure involved is pretty straightforward and less time-consuming.
What are crowns used for?
Chipped teeth: The teeth may chip when you bite something too hard or take a strong blow to the mouth. In some cases, the teeth could be naturally out of shape, making your smile look nasty. The shape of such teeth can be restored using crowns.
Cracked or broken teeth: The cause behind cracked teeth is similar to that of teeth chipping. If not restored soon, microbes could enter the root canal through them and cause infection. Hence, the dentist will place a crown on it to conceal the crack.
Excessively spaced teeth: Spacing is a type of malocclusion where large gaps separate the teeth. You may get mocked for your displeasing smile due to this. By placing crowns on such teeth, the gaps can be eliminated to give you an even smile.
Weak teeth: When patients undergo a root canal therapy, the tooth loses its source of nourishment as the dental pulp will be removed. It may become weak after a few days and crumble or crack when you bite and chew food. Hence, dentists suggest such teeth be restored and protected by dental crowns.
What are the advantages of choosing bridges?
- Since a bridge fills the gap left by the missing tooth, it prevents the remaining teeth from drifting from their orthodontically right positions.
- Patients will be able to bite and chew food as they always used to with a bridge in place. Their phonetics will also be restored to normal.
- The bridge can be customized to a great extent so that it perfectly mimics the appearance of the natural teeth. It can be made to replicate the exact color, transparency, and contour of the missing tooth.
- Placing a bridge doesn’t require oral surgery. The procedure is quite simple and helps to retain a significant portion of your oral tissues.
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