When a tooth has sustained significant damage, often a root canal or filling treatment won’t be enough to save it. In these cases, a crown or bridge might be necessary to cover or replace the tooth. In the case of a weak and severely damaged tooth, a crown can be applied to mask the damaged tooth. Alternatively, if a tooth extraction is necessary, then a bridge can be used to replace the gap left behind from the missing tooth. Both of these procedures are safe and permanent implants that can restore your smile and keep your oral health in check.
What is a Crown?
When teeth sustain serious damage or decay, they can discolour and weaken below the gum line. This can make them look unattractive and incredibly vulnerable to fracturing. Thankfully, these defects can often be solved with a crown. A crown can also strengthen the tooth, protecting it from damage in the future, while enhancing the appearance of it.
Today, there are a variety of advanced materials that are used for crowns including gold, metal alloys, acrylic, porcelain, and ceramics. These can be custom made to match the colour of your existing teeth to keep your smile looking nice and natural.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge, on the other hand, is commonly used after a tooth has been extracted. Having gaps along the gum line can allow teeth to shift while weakening the structure of the surrounding jaw, which can make your mouth more susceptible to damage. A bridge is cemented to the existing teeth beside the gap, which holds it in place and fills in the empty space. The teeth on either side of the gap will also be treated with a crown to allow the bridge to stay put.
What to Do if You Need a Crown or Bridge?
If you’re ever concerned about the condition of your teeth or think you might have a tooth that requires either of these treatments, come visit us at Kemptville Smiles Dentistry. We will inspect your teeth to determine what the best method of treatment is to restore your teeth so you can feel proud to show off your smile.