Dental Crowns and Bridges Can Restore Your Appearance and Oral Health
Dental crowns and bridges can restore your oral function and enhance the appearance of your smile. If you have weakened, decayed, or cosmetically compromised teeth, dental crowns may be appropriate. Alternatively, a bridge can replace one or more missing teeth to fill the gap in your smile. Dr. Henry Moore offers lifelike dental crowns and bridges at his Chicago, IL-area practice. He will take great care to ensure that your restoration matches your smile and maintains the alignment of your bite. At Dental Concepts, we offer restorations made from advanced tooth-colored materials that provide a highly realistic appearance.
About Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are tooth-shaped restorations, sometimes called “caps.” The restorations completely cover damaged teeth. To place a crown, Dr. Moore will need to reshape your tooth. He will remove damaged tissue, as well as some additional healthy tissue to make room for the crown. Next, he will take impressions of your tooth, and our partner lab will create a crown to match your smile. Our crowns are made from porcelain and zirconia. These materials have a realistic color, and state-of-the-art zirconia is virtually as strong as metal. After the lab sends your crown to our office, Dr. Moore can attach it to your tooth.
Crowns can restore even very severely injured teeth, often saving them from further damage or extraction.
Several crowns fused together form a dental bridge. The crowns on each end will attach to your adjacent natural teeth, just like single crowns. Therefore, before placing a bridge, Dr. Moore will need to reshape these teeth. Like our crowns, our bridges are made from strong, tooth-colored porcelain and zirconia. We also offer dental implant-supported bridges and crowns.
Restorative Benefits of Dental Crowns
Crowns can restore even very severely damaged teeth, often eliminating the need for extraction. Dr. Moore may use crowns to:
- Repair teeth with extensive decay following a root canal
- Hold cracked teeth together
- Support worn teeth and redistribute the bite force along your dental arches
Dr. Moore can also use an implant-supported crown to replace a missing tooth. During a customized implant surgery, he will position a small dental implant in your jawbone. Your bone tissue will fuse to the post, and your dentist can then attach a custom-made restoration.
Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Crowns
Along with their many restorative functions, crowns can also enhance the look of your smile. In this way, they can function much like porcelain veneers, except that a crown is larger and will cover most of your tooth. A crown may be appropriate if you are struggling with:
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Severe discoloration that does not respond to teeth whitening
- A misshapen or worn tooth
- An irregularly shaped tooth
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Like crowns, bridges can have both aesthetic and functional benefits. Bridges fill the gap in your dental arch to restore the appearance of your smile. They also support your lips and cheeks to prevent a sunken, aged look.
Your bridge will also restore your oral function. Once the restoration is in place, you will be able to eat a complete range of foods, and depending on the location of the bridge, it can improve your ability to enunciate. Bridges also prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. Implant-supported bridges provide the added benefit of preventing jawbone recession.
Contact Us for More Information
If a compromised smile is taking a toll on your quality of life, we are here to help. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges, contact Dental Concepts today.