Dental problems don't have to keep you from smiling. A crown or bridge may be all you need to restore your smile. Your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, explains how crowns and bridges work.
Crowns strengthen and restore teeth
Your teeth may be strong, but they aren't unbreakable. If you grind your teeth at night, use them as a tool or even bite down on a hard nut, a crack may develop. Cracks usually worsen with time and can cause your tooth to break or split. Covering a cracked tooth with a crown offers a simple way to protect the tooth and prevent a fracture. Crowns are often recommended if your teeth have become weak due to the effects of aging or certain dental procedures, such as root canal treatment, or have broken.
Crowns are made of materials that are not only tough but also look very much like tooth enamel, including porcelain, ceramic or resin. The restorations, commonly called caps, are hollow crowns are designed to slip over your teeth, providing unparalleled protection for fragile or broken teeth.
Crowns improve the appearance of teeth
Because crowns completely encase teeth, they're also recommended if you're concerned about a cosmetic issue. Whether your tooth has noticeable pits, chips or bumps, a crown offers the ideal way to make these problems vanish. Grinding your teeth at night can not only crack them, but may also make teeth shorter. Crowns restore the normal length of your teeth and can also be used to change their shape. They're a good option if you want to make a tooth look a little straighter or fit in with the rest of your smile.
Bridges replace missing teeth
Are you concerned about a missing tooth? A bridge will fill the gap in your smile and make eating more comfortable. Your new bridge will consist of an artificial tooth connected to two crowns. In some cases, several artificial teeth can be used to make a bridge.
What happens during the crown and bridge process?
When you visit Dr. Kuhn's Reno office for a crown or bridge, the first steps will be the same. Because crowns fit over teeth, the teeth that will receive the crowns must be prepared to make sure the crown or bridge will fit correctly. After the dental laboratory receives an impression of your mouth, it will create your new crown or bridge. In most cases, it will take about two weeks to receive a new crown or bridge. In the meantime, you'll wear temporary crowns over your prepared teeth.
Would you like to improve your smile with crowns and bridges improve your smile! Call your Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, at (775) 829-9331 to schedule an appointment.