Crowns and Bridges
Most of us will need a tooth repaired at some point in our lives, and sometimes restoring a tooth is necessary to help you maintain optimum oral health. At RT Dental, Dr. Richard Tom works with top laboratory technicians and uses the most excellent dental materials such as ceramic porcelain to create restorations that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable so you’ll be able to rely on them for many years to come.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Designed to cover your tooth like a cap, a dental crown is ideal for a tooth that has had most of its structure compromised. Breakdown of your tooth can happen due to trauma or an accident, or the loss of an old restoration. It can also be the result of tooth decay that has progressed beyond what a dental filling is capable of repairing.
A crown closely mimics your natural tooth in both shape and shade, and it fits over your remaining natural tooth structure, protecting your root. The good news is that your new tooth functions just like your natural tooth, and it will complement your smile because it is designed to match your surrounding teeth.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more adjacent teeth, a bridge may be an excellent option to restore your smile. Using dental crowns as anchors, a bridge has prosthetic teeth in between to fill in the open space. Your bridge restores the function of chewing that is often lost with compromised teeth and provides aesthetics by filling in your smile.
The key to ensuring the longevity of a dental bridge is keeping your anchor teeth clean and healthy with consistent brushing and regular dental checkups with your dentist in Nutley.
Dental implants are also an option to anchor a dental bridge, and they provide the added benefit of keeping your jaw healthy and stimulated like a tooth root, which ensures longevity.
Don’t Delay Your Treatment
If you need a tooth repaired with a crown or replaced with a bridge, it is crucial to address these issues as soon as possible. A tooth suffering from trauma or decay can cause discomfort, and an infection can result if the tooth is left untreated.
If tooth replacement is needed, it’s important to understand the consequences of delaying treatment. Your surrounding teeth will begin to move and shift if you don’t replace your missing tooth.
A dental bridge or crown will protect your oral health and the integrity of your smile.
Contact RT Dental if you are ready to schedule your next appointment, or if you need more information about the treatment that’s best for your needs.