Dental restorations are indeed a boon to individuals who are looking to enhance the appearance of their smile. They are equally important in restoring the structural integrity and functionality of the teeth. Some of the most prominent oral restorations are dental crowns, veneers, and bridges. They are usually made from dental-grade ceramic and used for various purposes, such as restoring damaged teeth, replacing missing teeth, reshaping chipped or misshapen teeth, etc.
Crowns are the go-to solution for treating damaged teeth and restoring them to their ideal contour and functionality. They are popularly known as dental caps, as they are placed over existing natural teeth to cover them entirely. Here are some of the instances where a crown would be suggested:
- Whenever a tooth has been treated for a root canal infection, its strength would reduce as the dental pulp would be removed. Such a tooth can be restored using crowns.
- External trauma to the mouth can result in broken, cracked, or chipped teeth. They can be restored to their ideal structure and functionality using crowns.
- Worn out teeth due to excessive clenching of the jaw or bruxism can leave a shabby appearance on the teeth and also put them under risk of being extracted. Crowns can be placed on them to cover them appropriately and restore their contour.
Veneers are wafer-thin restorations bonded to the frontal surface of the teeth to correct surface imperfections. They are often used for cosmetic dental corrections, such as improving the shape of chipped or worn out teeth, make discolored teeth appear whiter, eliminating excessive spaces between adjacent teeth, covering minute cracks, etc. They are custom-fabricated according to the contour of the teeth using digital impressions as a reference. They are quite simple, easy to fabricate and require very little time for the entire procedure to be completed.
Losing a natural tooth is often upsetting. It can hinder oral functionality and ruin the aesthetics of one’s smile, which can lead to frequent embarrassment. Gaps between the teeth which are left unrestored can lead to drifting of the adjoining natural teeth. This can lead to jawbone deterioration and give rise to a malocclusion over time. Hence, dentists recommend you get a missing tooth restored at the earliest to keep away from the drawbacks.
A dental bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth and crowns on either side to hold it in place. It is custom-fabricated and bonded in place with the help of dental adhesives. Bridges completely fill the gap left by the missing tooth, restore your ability to bite and chew food and look exactly like the natural teeth.
To know more about dental crowns, veneers, and bridges, please reach out to us on call or by scheduling an online consultation, and we’ll be happy to guide you further.