Many people suffer their entire life with deformed or missing teeth, struggling with their confidence and even in performing everyday tasks such as eating or talking. Today, technology has advanced so much that this should no longer be an issue. Dentists, like Dr. Knechtel at our Longmont dental office, have discovered ways to restore your natural smile with simple procedures. Two very common procedures are dental crowns and bridges.

Dental Crowns

If you have experienced damage to your tooth, like a crack or fracture, a dental crown may be ideal for you. Dental crowns are extremely common, but often go unnoticed since they look so natural and blend in well with a healthy smile. Dental crown fit just over the tooth, resting comfortably on top of the tooth. Once it is set in place, you can treat it like your remaining natural teeth. It provides you with no limitations, allowing you to freely eat, drink, and clean your teeth as you normally would. It is advised for those with crowns to try and take better care of your natural teeth, so to avoid the need for multiple crowns.

Below are a few reasons someone may be in need of a dental crown:

  • A tooth that is discolored to the point that teeth whitening treatments have become ineffective or if the tooth is dead.
  • A patient that is looking to prevent further damage to a tooth that has experienced a crack or fracture.
  • A patient’s tooth that has weakened due to a dental procedure and in need of strengthening. This can happen with procedures such as root canals or cavities.

A dental crown can be the perfect fix for those who are experiencing one of these situations. The application can help bring back the look and feel of a healthy tooth.

Dental Bridges

There are some situations where a tooth is not damaged but missing entirely from the mouth. For those scenarios, a dental bridge can be the best solution. When a bridge is formed, it is created by crafting two crowns on each side of a fake tooth. The crowns are capped over the two teeth on each side of the gap, where the fake tooth fits, to create the appearance of a perfectly healthy smile. In order to receive a dental bridge, you may be required to visit your dentist a few times for an initial consultation, impressions, temporary fitting, and completed fitting.

Do you feel you may need a dental crown or bridge? Be sure to contact your Longmont dental clinic for more information on how we can help improve your smile or remedy your dental issue.

Dental bridges

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.