CROWNS, BRIDGES, AND DENTURES
Getting porcelain crowns is the best way to have a very natural looking smile. If you have a tooth that is fractured, chipped, or degraded, crowns can restore your smile. Other benefits of crowns include replacement of missing teeth, providing a natural appearance, and the ability to fix chewing problems.
Crowns or tooth caps cover the damaged tooth, restoring appearance as well as functionality. The caps are permanent; they are cemented in place and are maintained as a regular tooth.
There are several types of porcelain crowns:
- Metal- Can be stainless steel, gold, or silver. They are very strong and offer long-term functionality.
- Porcelain- Blends with natural teeth. The porcelain is fused to an underlying metal cap.
- Ceramic- Closely matches natural tooth color. It can also be fused to metal or is completely ceramic. These are not as strong and are usually used for the front teeth.
- Resin - One of the more affordable options. This can provide a natural tooth appearance. However, it is weaker than most materials and susceptible to chipping.
A dental bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth that are linked together to replace one or several missing teeth.
A bridge will completely cover the area where teeth are missing. They are attached to the natural teeth or implants that are nearby the missing teeth. These supporting teeth are called abutments. Depending on the type of bridge, the abutments may be reduced to fit over the bridge.
Bridges serve multiple functions such as:
- Replacing missing teeth.
- Prevent teeth from drifting out of position due to space or missing teeth.
- Readjust bite and restore chewing.
- Restore speaking ability.
- Maintain face shape.
There are several types of bridges. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of materials. We will discuss the best options for your individual case.
Don’t let missing teeth stop you from smiling. Dentures allow you to restore the appearance and function of your smile. They consist of artificial teeth, and a complete denture includes material that looks like natural-looking gums. Dentures are a great option if you are missing a few teeth or all of them.
Types of dentures include:
- Partial dentures are for patients who have some missing teeth. They can be removable or fixed.
- Full dentures replace all of the teeth in your mouth. Full dentures are held in place by suction between your gums and the dentures or adhesives designed for more security.
- Implant supported dentures use four or more dental implants to anchor the dentures into the jawbone. These dentures snap into place and do not move around while eating or talking. However, they should be removed each night for cleaning.
With dentures, you can restore your ability to eat and speak properly. New dentures take some time to get used to, but you will eventually be able to wear them all day. However, they should be removed at night for cleaning and to give your gums a rest.
Tips to care for your dentures:
- Rinse after eating.
- Remove every night and clean them with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Always store in a denture cleaning solution. Most denture need to stay moist retain their shape.
- Use a soft toothbrush to clean brush gums, tongue, and any remaining teeth each morning before you put your dentures in place.
- Continue dental check-ups.
- Schedule an appointment if the fit becomes loose. Never try to reshape or refit your dentures yourself because you could accidentally break them.