Bridges, Crowns & Veneers, like dentures and partials, provide an attractive and permanent fix for patients with damaged or missing teeth. Patients with cosmetic issues now have a solution that is custom build around them.
What is the difference?
Dental bridges are made to bridge the gaps created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made up of two or more crowns, which sit on either side of the gaps. The teeth, which the crowns sit on, are called the abutment teeth, the borders of where the false tooth is placed. The false teeth, or pontics can be made from various materials. Some pontics materials include gold, silver, alloys, porcelain or a combination of different materials. Natural teeth, or implants support bridges.
A dental crown is a cap that sits on top of a tooth. The purpose is to cover a tooth to help restore its shape, size, and strength and improve overall appearance. They fully encase the entire visible part of a tooth, and sit right above the gum line. Crowns are made of porcelain, metals, ceramic, or combinations of all three. Resin crowns are usualy less expensive, but often wear down from use.
Dental veneers, often referred to as porcelain laminates, are very thin custom made shells that sit over the front surface of the teeth. They are colored to match your teeth, and help improve performance as well. They are bonded to the front of the teeth, helping change the color, shape, size or length. They can be made from porcelain or resin composites. The porcelain better resist stains and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. The resin composites are thinner, and require less removal of a tooth.
Come in today to discuss whether Bridges, Crowns or Veneers is the right choice for you.
Why do I need them: Bridges, Crowns & Veneers?
Bridges, Crowns and Veneers help the mouth in different ways. Thus, speaking with your dentist is vital to figuring out which option best fits your situation. Bridges are best for restoring a smile, aiding ability to chew or speak, and helping maintain shape of the mouth and face. They distribute forces of the jaw when biting or chewing and solve problems of missing or damaged teeth.
Crowns act as a protection for a weak tooth. They protect from cracking or decay, as well as restore already broken teeth. They providesupport for a tooth that has a large filling, as well as can help hold dental bridges in place. Not only do they cover misshapen teeth, or severely discolored teeth, but they can also cover a dental implant.
Veneers provide fixes for discolored teeth, from a root canal treatment, or stains from various foods, drugs, or chemicals. They can help teeth that are worn down from use, ones that may be thinning, chipped, or broken. Veneers can even help teeth that are misaligned.