All three dental restoration treatments can improve the look and function of decayed, cracked, discolored, and lost teeth. However, the best restoration treatment depends on your unique needs and oral health history. Please keep reading to learn more about crowns, bridges, and veneers and which one is right for you.
Dental crowns may be suitable if you have a tooth too damaged for a filling or bonding. They can protect a weak tooth, strengthen a broken one, or cover a tooth that is discolored or misshapen without requiring the removal of the tooth.
Dental restoration with a crown includes repairing the damaged tooth and then taking an impression of the surrounding teeth to create a crown that works with your mouth and bite. The crown is then cemented in place on top of your existing tooth.
Crowns do not require special care beyond good oral hygiene but may wear over time.
Dental bridges are an option for replacing missing teeth. It’s essential to replace missing teeth because gaps in the mouth can cause sagging or misalignment of surrounding teeth. You may also notice issues with chewing food or speaking.
Dental bridges are made of prosthetic teeth that are held in place on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by dental crowns. They are effective at replacing one to three missing teeth in a row.
A dental bridge offers a solution that does not require surgery and lasts about 15 years.
A veneer is a restoration that covers the front side of a tooth. It can help correct teeth that are discolored, cracked or chipped, decayed, or broken. Veneers are thin shells that are customized to fit on your tooth and match the color of surrounding teeth.
To place a veneer, your dentist must remove a small amount of the enamel from the front side of your tooth. This process is irreversible, making veneers a permanent restoration.
You may need to avoid acidic foods and beverages so your veneer doesn’t stain, but the results are aesthetically pleasing.
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If you are considering a restoration to improve the health and appearance of your teeth, contact Howl Dental today.