November 18, 2016
It can start out with slight sensitivity to hot and cold, but it’s no big deal if it goes away quickly, right? Actually a situation like this can turn into a big deal rapidly if you’re not proactive. Sensitivity typically indicates that there may be decay or a fracture in your tooth. If it’s left untreated, you may find yourself in need of a crown, and if it progresses even further you could then be in need of a bridge. Your dentists in Burlington answer: What is a crown and bridge?
What is a Dental Crown?
When your tooth becomes injured, fractured, damaged, or infected beyond the scope of what a dental filling is capable of repairing, our doctors will recommend a dental crown to restore your tooth. A crown is designed to completely replace your tooth, while protecting your natural root. It’s made of high quality porcelain, fits over your natural tooth structure, and its custom blended to match your existing teeth, which complements your smile.
Because your dental crown is fabricated from impressions we take of your tooth, you’ll enjoy all the function you had with your natural tooth. You’ll be able to chew, eat, brush, floss, and smile with ease once again. Your new crown is durable, and with the right home care and regular dental checkups, it can potentially last for many years.
What is a Dental Bridge?
For one or more adjacent teeth that are missing, or failing, a good solution may be a dental bridge. Using dental crowns as anchors to your healthy teeth, a bridge fills in the gap with customized prosthetic teeth that restore your teeth and smile. It’s important to keep those anchor teeth clean and healthy in order to ensure the longevity of your bridge.
For patients missing multiple teeth, dental implants may also be an option to support a dental bridge. Implants are strategically placed into your bone, and your bridge is designed to “snap” into those implants for a firm and secure fit. Implants are a great option because they also keep your bone healthy and stimulated, which protects from resorption, or deterioration.
At Dr. Richard Lewis & Associates, our highly skilled team of doctors is well equipped to restore beauty and function to your smile. With many years of experience and thousands of hours of advanced training between us, you can rest assured that you’re working with the most qualified team in the area, and the result will be a restoration that you can trust and rely on for years to come.
We encourage you to contact our office to schedule your next appointment. Whether you need a cleaning and checkup, or a tooth repaired, we know you’ll appreciate the differences you experience when you work with our team!
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