Given the choice, the majority of men and women in need of dental prosthetics will choose fixed appliances that can’t easily be removed or go missing. At Glen Dental Center in Glenview, Illinois, Jeffrey Gilmor, DDS, and Verena Phillips, DDS, offer carefully custom-crafted crowns and bridges that restore your smile and stay in place permanently. For help deciding which appliance would suit you best, call Glen Dental Center today.
Crowns and bridges are two similar dental appliances that serve similar purposes in different ways. At Glen Dental Center, the team custom creates both appliances in the shape and exact color of your natural teeth to help them blend in as much as possible. Here’s how crowns and bridges work:
Dental crowns are caps that are cemented over weak teeth, damaged teeth, or dental implants to hold the structure of your bite and prevent any more damage from happening. If your crown is going over a tooth, your dentist prepares the tooth by reducing its size and then takes an impression to make a crown that fits perfectly.
Bridges create a connection between two teeth that have a gap between them. They consist of either two crowns (one for each tooth on the sides of the gap) or a metal framework that attaches to the backs of those teeth, and one or more false teeth to fill the gap.
In the past, crowns and bridges were made of porcelain fused to metal for reinforcement. Today, the crowns and bridges at Glen Dental Center are strictly made of porcelain to take on a more natural appearance.
When fused to metal, porcelain looks dark and opaque — not exactly what you want your teeth to look like. In fact, they typically display a faint black line along your gum line as a dead giveaway that your teeth aren’t real.
With all-porcelain crowns and bridges, the difference is much more subtle and only positive. Porcelain alone mimics the color and translucence of your teeth almost perfectly. Your smile looks brighter and whiter with porcelain appliances than it would with porcelain fused to metal.
Weak, damaged, or missing teeth don’t tend to keep the issues to themselves. If one part of your smile suffers, the damage tends to spread.
For example, a missing tooth could cause your other teeth to drift and fill the gap. The benefits of restoring your smile with a crown or bridge include:
The Glen Dental Center team can give you a more personalized idea of the benefits you’ll enjoy from a crown or bridge depending on the position of your problematic tooth and your lifestyle.
Book your consultation for custom crowns or bridges by calling Glen Dental Center today.