Do you often look at your uneven smile in the mirror and wish you had a better-looking one? Dentistry not only aims at helping you maintain optimum oral hygiene but also ensures you sport a beautiful and attractive smile. Perhaps, two of the most popular cosmetic dental restorations are crowns and bridges.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns are ceramic restorations that are used to cover the outer surface of a severely damaged tooth completely. They look like natural teeth but are hollow on the inside. Dentists use crowns to restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, worn out, weak, or spaced too far apart from each other. Some of the advantages of crowns are as follows:
- Crowns are made from tooth-colored ceramic material and can be customized to mimic the appearance of the surrounding teeth. Most people can't tell the difference between a crown and a natural tooth.
- The crown will protect the underlying tooth structure and will help prevent further damage. This is quite a useful feature in the case of root canal infected teeth as they tend to become weak after the therapy.
- Crowns offer excellent durability and longevity. Even after several years of usage, their rate of wear will be quite negligible, provided you maintain them well.
What are dental bridges?
Bridges are a simple means to restore extracted natural teeth. They are a combination of a solid prosthetic tooth combined with crowns on either side. The crowns hold the tooth in place. As opposed to dental implants, bridges do not require surgery to be bonded. Some of the advantages of bridges are:
- As the bridge fills in the gap left by the missing tooth, it keeps the remaining teeth from drifting or moving from their ideal positions. This prevents further malocclusion.
- The ceramic bridge can be customized as required to match the appearance of the natural teeth.
- The material we use to fabricate the bridges are biocompatible and highly durable.
- They enable you to bite and chew food properly.