By Russell Forrest, DDS
March 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

Crowns and bridges help restore your smile after you've damaged or lost a tooth. Dr. Russell Forrest, your Topeka, KS dentist, shares crowns and bridgesinformation on the benefits of these versatile prosthodontic devices.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns completely cover teeth and are often made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, resin, or metal alloys, such as gold and nickel.

Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of two crowns connected to a false tooth in the center. Bridges are made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain is commonly used for bridges and crowns because it looks very much like your natural tooth enamel.

What are the benefits of crowns?

Crowns are used to protect fragile or damaged teeth. Because they fit over a tooth like a glove, they provide the stability that chipped or cracked teeth need. If these teeth don't receive crowns from your Topeka dentist, they can eventually break when you bite into a piece of food. Crowns may also be used to protect a broken tooth from further damage.

Sometimes one tooth becomes discolored and or is noticeably different than surrounding teeth. A crown makes your smile more uniform and is often used to cover discolorations caused by tetracycline use or to improve the appearance of teeth that are too short, slightly crooked or oddly shaped.

What are the benefits of bridges?

It's not uncommon to feel self-conscious about your smile after you've lost a tooth. Bridges not only replace that missing tooth, but also help you feel proud of the way you look. Although bridges are a great morale booster, their benefits aren't just cosmetic.

When you lose a tooth, it can be hard to bite and chew food, particularly if the lost tooth is a molar. Your risk of choking can increase, and you may be more likely to develop an upset stomach when you can't chew food thoroughly. Bridges restore your ability to chew and eat normally. After tooth loss, surrounding teeth may begin to drift toward the gap and may eventually become crooked. A bridge prevents drifting, which helps you maintain the alignment of your teeth.

Interested in learning if a bridge or crown is a good option for you? Call Dr. Russell Forrest, your Topeka, KS dentist, at (785) 266-0330 and schedule an appointment today. Improve or restore your appearance with a crown or bridge!