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May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know if either of these dental restorations is right for your smile?restorative dentistry

There are so many restorative dentistry options out there that it can often feel daunting when doing your own online research. When you come in for care at Kuhn Family Dentistry, our Reno, NV, dentist, Dr. Melinda Kuhn, prides herself on offering the right restorations when you need it. Find out more about crowns and bridges and how they could improve your oral health.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a hollow, tooth-shaped cap that is tailor-made to fit over your tooth. “Why would it go over a tooth?” you might ask. There are many reasons our Reno general dentist may recommend getting a dental crown. In essence, a crown is meant to take over the outer structure of a tooth to protect it from further damage. This isn’t necessary for all teeth, only teeth that are already cracked or damaged by decay. Teeth that also require root canal therapy will often need a crown after treatment. Plus, those who hate discolorations or malformed areas in a tooth can also improve its appearance with this restoration.

What is a dental bridge?

Are you missing one or more teeth in a row? If you said “yes”, then a dental bridge may be able to solve all of your problems. A bridge is a restoration that is also custom-made to fit your mouth. It will fill the gap left over by the missing teeth and replace them with false teeth. The false teeth are supported by dental crowns, which are placed over natural, neighboring teeth. Once the crowns are placed, then the false tooth, or "pontic", can be attached in between the two crowns to restore your smile.

What are the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges?

There are many reasons why someone should get a crown or a dental bridge. When you get one of these restorations you’ll also enjoy,

  • Getting a full smile back
  • A boost to your self-confidence
  • An enhanced appearance
  • A restoration that lasts up to a decade or more with the proper care
  • Protection against further tooth-related damage
  • Preventing other teeth from shifting into the open space left by your missing tooth or teeth

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns or bridges? Do you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate? If so, call Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.