Due to a number of different circumstances, a person may lose his or her teeth. Poor dental care or injuries are just a couple of the reasons that may result in losing one or more teeth. Fortunately, there are some advanced dental solutions to address this problem. Dental crowns and bridges are restorative dental treatments that can help preserve and improve a person’s oral health and smile. At Carine Glades Dental Care, our dentists provide comprehensive restorative options such as crowns and bridges to get you smiling again.
Crowns are artificial caps designed to replace unattractive or damaged teeth. They are cemented permanently to the healthy root of the tooth. The materials used in dental crowns are made for strength and aesthetic appearance and are bespoke based on the location of the teeth and the patient’s specific needs. Other uses of dental crowns include a cap for a dental implant, to complete the root canal treatment or for cosmetic purposes.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide an adequate solution to a range of dental problems. They are able to:
- Support a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay
- Protect a tooth that has worn away from being damaged further
- Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Hold a cracked or broken tooth together
- Cover a dental implant
- Improve the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or colour
Dental crowns are a good long-term option because they are durable and long-lasting, which increases patient satisfaction with the treatment. Treatment with dental crowns has a high success rate with respect to either other dental restoration methods or no treatment at all. This has been supported by various scientific studies which researched their use.
Dental bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Due to tooth loss, the neighbouring teeth will shift over time, affecting the person’s facial appearance. To avoid this problem, your dentist may recommend installing a dental bridge to fill the gap created by missing teeth and provide stability to the remaining teeth.
The adjacent teeth are prepared for crown installation. Then a temporary bridge will be installed while the permanent one is being fabricated. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it will replace the temporary one. The new bridge is attached to the adjacent crowns. The materials used for dental bridges are similar to those used in dental crowns.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are several benefits of dental bridges:
- In terms of function, the bridge allows a patient to chew and eat normally as there is no longer a gap in the jaw and the bridge can assist with the chewing of food.
- It can also help individuals to speak without inhibition, filling the gap in the teeth which may alter the placement of the tongue and the way sounds are made in the mouth.
- Aesthetically, a dental bridge can compensate for the loss of the original teeth, particularly if the bridge is closely matched in colour to the surrounding teeth.
- This can help to improve self-esteem and confidence in patients who are uncomfortable about their appearance with missing teeth.
Dental bridges can also offer benefits for the long-term structure of the mouth. Under normal circumstances, a gap in the jaw causes the teeth to gradually shift position, which can cause problems in the bite. In contrast, when the bridge is used to replace the missing teeth, the teeth on either side are held firmly in place to reduce the risk of movement and consequent problems of the bite.
A short time is usually needed for a patient to become accustomed to the feel of the dental bridge. Unlike dentures, bridges do not need to be removed regularly for cleaning and can be cleaned like natural teeth.
Our team at Carine Glades Dental Care are experts in restorative dental treatments including both crowns and bridges. Give us a call today at (08) 9448 3922 or visit us online here to talk about your options and see what we can do to help transform your smile.