Cavities, gum disease, misalignment, and injury can cause damage to your teeth that diminishes your health and hinders your ability to smile with confidence. Crowns and bridges are two of our tools for repairing damage and restoring your optimal health.
A dental crown (cap) is a dental restoration placed on a tooth that has lost a significant amount of structure and requires more than a simple filling. They’re often used to repair large cavities, chipped teeth, and damage following a root canal. A crown will strengthen the damaged tooth, improve its appearance, shape, and alignment. Where a dental implant replaces a single missing tooth, a crown is placed on it to provide a structure that looks and functions like a real tooth. The dentists at CITIDental High Street will custom fit and build your crown from porcelain or ceramic. This will allow the crown to fit comfortably in your bite and match the color of your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A typical bridge consists of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap fused to a false tooth called a pontic, though they can be more extensive. Missing teeth left uncared for can lead to shifting of adjacent teeth, misalignment of your bite, gum disease, and tooth decay. Dental bridges are a relatively inexpensive approach to replacing missing teeth as an alternative to dental implants and partial dentures. Like crowns, we can create bridges to blend in nicely with your natural teeth using materials such as porcelain. Bridges can also be made from metals such as gold and silver or a combination of materials.
Both crowns and bridges are custom designed to mimic the look and function of your natural teeth. If your crown or bridge becomes loose or falls out, it will need to be replaced, though with proper placement and care, both crowns and bridges can last for life. Maintaining good dental hygiene and regularly visiting your dentist can prolong their durability.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, don’t delay scheduling an appointment at CITIDental High Street in downtown Boston. We will help you determine if a crown or a bridge is the right option to restore your smile to full health, function, and polish.