Find out if either of these dental restorations could makeover your smile.
When you hear the term restorative dentistry what do you think of? Maybe it’s a simple whitening treatment or maybe even something as life-altering as dental implants. The purpose of restorative dentistry is to fix any damaged or missing teeth and to improve your oral health. Your Alexandria, VA cosmetic dentist Dr. Paul Gibberman is here to do just that. Find out more about crowns and bridges and when they are used.
About Dental Crowns
Are you dealing with a broken, worn down or damaged tooth that a dental filling isn’t able to effectively restore? If decay, an infection or trauma has left you with a weakened tooth you’ll want to protect it from further damage by opting for a dental crown. Also, teeth that require root canal treatment will also more than likely need a dental crown.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that goes over the entire crown of a tooth to bring it back to its full strength and function. A damaged tooth cannot function at 100 percent without the possibility of incurring further damage. The purpose of a dental crown is to become the new, stronger structure for the tooth.
About Dental Bridges
If you are missing a tooth this not only affects the overall look of your smile but also your oral health. Missing teeth need to be treated as soon as possible so that further issues do not affect your smile. If you are missing a tooth your Alexandria, VA dentist may suggest getting a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a restoration that not only replaces your missing tooth with an artificial one but also prevents other teeth from shifting out of place as a result of the gap.
A dental bridge, just like a dental crown, is custom-made based on impressions taken of your teeth. A dental bridge contains two dental crowns on either side with a false tooth in the middle. The two teeth surrounding the gap will be prepared to receive these dental crowns. In essence, these two teeth help to anchor the bridge into place.
Have questions about dental bridges or crowns? Want to know if either of these restorative treatments is right for you? Then turn to our Alexandria, VA dental expert at Gibberman Dental today.