If you lose a tooth or teeth as an adult, then you know they aren’t coming back. (And the Tooth Fairy probably won’t leave you any money, either.)
You can get the next best thing, however. Dental crowns and bridges are an excellent substitute for real teeth.
They look and feel like the real thing. They complete your smile, and they allow you to keep eating all the foods that you love.
Nashua Family Dentistry can’t give you back your lost teeth, but we can replace them with dental crowns and bridges.
Why you may need a crown or bridge
Losing a tooth or part of a tooth can change your life.
You may become more self-conscious about your teeth or the appearance of your smile. This can change your behavior, either making your feel you need to hide your teeth with your hand or a napkin when you are speaking. In other cases, it may lead you to avoid face-to-face social interactions.
Missing or weak teeth can also affect your ability to chew. This may change the foods your can eat and cause you to miss eating foods that your enjoy.
None of these things need to happen to you. You may want to talk to one of our dentists about dental crowns and bridges if you want to:
– Restore a broken or worn down tooth
– Cover a tooth with a large filling
– Hide a misshapen tooth
– Conceal a discolored or yellow tooth
– Protect a weak tooth
– Make a cosmetic improvement to your smile
Keep reading to found out what dental crowns and bridges are and how they are placed.
Comparing crowns and bridges
Dental crowns and bridges serve similar purposes. They replace missing teeth.
Crowns are used to replace single teeth, and bridges are used to replace groups of teeth. These can be made entirely of porcelain or with porcelain that has been fused to metal. Either way, your crown or bridge will be durable, strong, and lifelike.
That is to say … it looks like a tooth, it acts like a tooth, and for all practical purposes, it is a tooth.
If you are need one tooth replaced or a couple teeth replaced in different parts of your mouth, a dental crown will be used.
If you are need to replace multiple teeth from the same area of your mouth, that’s when you will receive a bridge.
Placing crowns and bridges
One of our dentists will first assess the condition of your tooth or teeth. If it has been damaged, but can be saved, we’ll schedule a treatment for your dental crown or bridge.
During your treatment, the dentist will numb the area to be treated. The dentist then removes the decayed or damaged parts of your tooth or teeth. This leaves more of the healthy part of your tooth or teeth intact, and this is what supports the crown or bridge.
The crown is designed to be bonded to what remains of your tooth. A bridge may be bonded to teeth on either side of your gap.
This bond is secure, allowing your crown or bridge to function just like natural teeth.
In some cases, the damage to your tooth may be minimal. If a full crown is not required, your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay instead.
An inlay is used to repair the biting surface of the damaged tooth. An onlay repairs the biting surface, sides, and cusps of your teeth.
In both cases, the materials used will match the appearance of natural teeth, just like a dental crown or bridge.
In more serious cases of tooth decay, it may be necessary to remove the tooth or teeth. But have no fear, dental crowns and bridges can help in this situation, too.
We can place a dental implant into your jawbone. The implant fills in for the root of your tooth.
A dental crown or bridge can be attached to the end of the implant. This gives you a “false” tooth or teeth that look like the real thing.
Learn more at our office
If you’ve been putting off going to the dentist in spite of your tooth problem, don’t delay any longer. Let us examine your tooth to see if a dental crown, inlay, onlay, or dental bridge can preserve the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.
You may lose part of your teeth, but many people with never know the difference.
Call Nashua Family Dentistry today at 603-546-7460 or use our online form to make your appointment.