March 18, 2016
Dental crowns and bridges are two procedures that we take great pride in performing at Oregon Smile Care Center. When your smile is in bad shape, sometimes you’ll need to have some work done to return your smile to its former greatness. Sometimes it may be filling a gap left by missing teeth, or sometimes it may be protecting a tooth that is suffering from decay. Whatever the case may be, we have you covered, Salem, OR! We want to see your smile in tip-top shape, and a lot of times fixing your smile will involve placing a dental crown or bridge.
Dental Crowns: Protecting Your Damaged Teeth And Holding Your Bridge In Place
A dental crown is needed any time a tooth is damaged and needs to be covered and protected to prevent further damage. A crown is essentially a cap for your tooth that will cover the entire tooth and give the tooth back the functionality that it lost when it was damaged or decayed. While it restores the functionality, it also gives the tooth back the look that it used to possess. After the crown is cemented over the top of your damaged tooth, it will look and act like the rest of your natural teeth.
The reasons that you may need to have a crown placed are numerous, and all of them help restore your smile’s functionality and look. Crowns hold together a broken tooth, protect a decayed tooth, restore a worn down tooth, cover a tooth with a large filling, hold a dental bridge in place, cover a terribly misshapen teeth, and cover a dental implant that you’ve had placed. Dr. Hanson can solve all of these problems by placing a dental crown, but just like natural teeth, they must be taken care of and cleaned at least twice a day.
If you don’t take great care of your dental crowns, a number of problems can occur, such as extreme sensitivity in the crown, chipping of the crown, the crown coming loose, the crown falling out, and a dark line that forms in between the crown and your gums. Having a dental crown placed doesn’t ensure that tooth from running into problems down the road. Your crowns must be properly taken care of to ensure the most effective care, and if you’re not sure how to do that, we’ll help you out on your next checkup.
Restoring Your Smile With Dental Bridges
Another function of crowns is holding a dental bridge in place. If you have missing teeth, it is important that you look to have those teeth replaced so that your smile and confidence don’t suffer as a result. Bridges are literally what they sound like: they are replacement teeth that bridge the gap in your smile left by one or a row of missing teeth. Bridges not only restore the look of your smile; they also give you the ability to speak and chew with greater ease. They help you keep the shape of your jaw that may be at risk of being lost with missing teeth. They improve your bite force, and they keep your remaining teeth in line.
Bridges And Crowns Working Together
Your dental bridge will usually be held in place by a crown on each side. The teeth that support these crowns are known as an abutment teeth. Your bridge will give you the functionally beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed about. If you’re fed up with having to watch what you eat because your teeth are damaged or just flat-out missing, dental crowns and bridges can help restore your smile to the point where you won’t have to worry about damaging your oral health by eating the wrong things. At Oregon Smile Care Center, we care about your smile and the overall happiness and health that will come along with having your smile restored with a dental crown or bridge. You’ll love your new smile, Salem, OR!