It can be frustrating to damage or lose a tooth.
You look worse, your mouth feels strange, and you may not know what to do.
At Main Beach Dental we have several approaches to damaged or lost teeth, and two of the most common are crowns and bridges.
If you have a missing or broken tooth, you can come in for consultation, and we can point you in the right direction, so you get a dental restoration that precisely fits suits your needs!
Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about some of the advantages that crowns and bridges share.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are dental appliances designed to strengthen, protect, and replace damaged or missing teeth. Crowns are resin, ceramic, porcelain, or porcelain-with-metal restorations that are placed on top of damaged teeth.
They are often used to hide imperfections, strengthen weak teeth, or repair broken teeth. Crowns are also used to secure dental bridges in place.
Bridges replace missing teeth and are comprised of one or more artificial teeth supported by crowns on either side. The crown sections of the bridge hold it securely, preventing it from moving. Crowns are also placed on top of dental implants, one of the newest and most effective tooth restoration options.
Here are six benefits of crowns and bridges:
Aesthetics: Crowns and bridges restore the full colour and shape of a tooth/teeth, repairing or improving smiles to an attractive state. Many people don’t realise just how much they take their smiles for granted until something happens to damage it.
Even a small imperfection can make you feel self-conscious. And studies reveal that our smiles are one of the first things that people notice – and nice smiles are automatically associate with being more friendly, attractive, and successful.
So if you are missing a tooth, or have an obviously damaged tooth, it can throw your life off. Crowns and bridges restore your appearance and help you feel better about your smile.
Your Main Beach Dental may suggest a crown if you have a discoloured tooth that cannot be whitened, or if you want to change the length or shape of a tooth.
Protection: A crown offers the best possible protection for a weak tooth, and a bridge protects against adjacent teeth shifting into a gap between teeth.
Crowns are frequently used to stabilise and preserve fragile teeth that have become weaker due to cracks, aging, root canal therapy, large fillings, or trauma.
Without a crown, these teeth are at risk of complete loss, which leads to an entirely different set of dental issues. One of those issues of lost teeth is that teeth on either side of the gap tend to lean over into the blank space.
This leads to crooked teeth and increased chances of bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up. A bridge not only fills the gap but keeps the teeth on either side from shifting.
Restoration: Both crowns and bridges can restore the clarity of your speech, increase the ability to chew food, and eliminate any pain you might feel.
Broken teeth can be extremely painful and repairing them with a crown eliminates sensitivity and pain while protecting the tooth.
Function: This is related to restoration. Damaged or lost teeth can make it difficult to chew comfortably, particularly foods that are hard, tough, or sticky.
Avoiding some foods may lead to nutritional deficiency. A crown or bridge restore your ability to chew and thus may keep you healthier.
Distribution: A bridge evenly distributes the force of your bite, which reduces potential stress to other teeth and a crown does the same for a damaged tooth – keeping its damaged areas from too much force.
Untreated tooth loss or severely damaged teeth can cause severe issues with your oral health, from an uneven bite (which can damage teeth) to teeth moving from alignment.
It can also leave you prone to developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. That’s why it’s so important that you talk to your Main Beach dentist to determine the best restoration for your damaged or missing tooth.
If you think a dental crown or bridge might be the right treatment for your damaged or missing tooth, visit Main Beach Dental so we can examine your smile and decide if your smile is a good candidate for these restorative treatments.
Dental Care at Main Beach Dental
At Main Beach Dental health is our number one priority is optimising your dental health. We are composed of excellently trained registered dentists with impressive clinical skills who work together to provide you with comprehensive dental services.
We provide skilled, gentle care for all dental issues and we work with you to prevent decay, disease, and too many dental appointments down the road. Our commitment is dental health for a lifetime, for all our patients!
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Call us on (07) 5503 1177 or visit us at 11/26-30 Tedder Ave. in Main Beach.
Alternative number: 0401 004 458