Dental crowns and tooth bridges have many benefits for your oral hygiene and the appearance of your smile. Practicing good oral hygiene with regular dental cleanings and a daily brushing and flossing routine can help keep dental decay at bay. However, teeth are still susceptible to damage from cracks, decay, and trauma that can get deep into the gum. If a tooth becomes permanently damaged, dental crowns and bridges may need to be used as a replacement. This procedure is a simple procedure that can be done by a Reno NV dentist.
What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are used to “cap” a damaged tooth or to cover an implant, while bridges are generally used to cover space from a missing tooth.
At our office, Reno dental crowns and bridges are now completely metal free. We use crowns and bridges that are made from ceramic and are custom made to fit your mouth. Every crown fits over your tooth like a cap, matching the color and texture of your real teeth. And every bridge is also created to match your smile.
How Do Crowns Work & Why Would I Need Them?
Crowns made of porcelain, ceramic or metal alloy are created to fit over your tooth or implant. They cover chipped and cracked teeth, implants, and tooth decay from cavities. Reno dental crowns are very beneficial to your hygiene and health. A crown strengthens a damaged tooth and improves the appearance, shape, and alignment of your teeth.
A dentist may recommend a crown for several reasons. In addition to simply covering a damaged tooth, a crown may be used to replace a large filling when there isn’t much tooth remaining, to protect a tooth from fracturing, or to restore a fractured tooth. Here are some instances when you may need or want a dental crown.
Signs You May Need a Dental Crown:
- Root Canal
- Chipped Tooth
- Tooth Decay Leading to a Large Cavity
- Cracked Tooth Due to Trauma
- How Do Bridges Work & Why Would I Need Them?
Dental bridges span the space in your smile where teeth are missing and are cemented to your natural teeth. They make your smile look full again by replacing the missing teeth and matching the color and texture of your teeth.
Our Reno NV dentist generally recommends dental bridges if you are missing one or more teeth. Gaps between teeth cause the surrounding teeth to rotate or shift into the open space which ultimately leads to a bad bite. This imbalance can also lead to bigger issues such as gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Here is some sign you might want or need a dental bridge.
Signs You May Need a Dental Bridge:
- Severe Tooth Pain
- Abscess & Swelling of the Gum
- Tooth Moves When Brushing
- Missing Tooth Due to Trauma or Decay
Contact Dr. Kulesa For a Consultation
If you think that you may need a dental crown or bridge, contact our Reno NV dentist right away. Dr. Kulesa is an expert in dental crowns and bridges and can help improve your smile. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can be on your way to a perfect smile!