Having a nice smile is not only an attractive feature to have, but it can also help to stay healthy. Because our mouths are the first line of defense to our overall health, keeping our dental health is very important. If we have a flaw, whether accidental or due to disease, it is a good idea to have it fixed in order to prevent future dental issues. Many of these issues can be fixed with cosmetic dentistry, like crowns and bridges.
Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dentist. But what is the difference between the two?
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
A crown covers a damaged tooth in order to strengthen a damaged tooth, improve the tooth’s appearance or shape, and fix alignment issues. Your dental professional may suggest a crown to…
- Attach a bridge
- Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
- Protect weak teeth
- Repair fractured teeth
- Cover a dental implant, discolored tooth or a tooth that has had a root canal
Crowns and bridges are fairly easy to take care of. Your typical practice of good oral hygiene and avoiding hard foods such as ice are just a couple of simple ways to ensure your crowns and bridges last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.
Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.