Having a full set of teeth is not just about appearances. Your teeth play a vital role in biting and chewing, which is one of the most important steps in the digestion process. Additionally, teeth are necessary for proper speech and for preserving the natural structure of the jawbone. Without a full set of teeth, proper oral hygiene can be difficult, putting remaining teeth at risk for decay.
Restorative dental services are designed to help repair issues within the mouth and help reestablish oral health. Dental crowns and bridges are among the most commonly used treatment options when teeth are missing or severely damaged.
The most common use for dental crowns is to protect and strengthen teeth that are weak, most often due to decay or injury. Dental crowns are made of porcelain and cap the existing teeth. Since porcelain resembles natural tooth enamel and can be color-matched, dental crowns can be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
Placement of a dental crown to strengthen a tooth is done in two separate appointments. During the first visit, impressions are taken for fabrication of the permanent restoration. In the meantime, a temporary crown can be placed to protect the tooth. You will return once your final restoration is completed for permanent placement. Once the dental crown has been placed, normal functionality is restored.
Another use of dental crowns is as the anchor for a dental bridge. Bridges are a popular restoration option. For some, it is a temporary solution before opting for dental implants. However, with proper care, dental bridges can be long lasting.
Crowns can also be used in conjunction with dental implants for a permanent solution to missing teeth. This treatment is completed over the course of several months. During the first procedure, the implant is placed into the jawbone and left to heal. Once that process is complete, the crown can then be attached to the implant.
Replacing missing teeth can beautify the smile, restore confidence, and reestablish oral health. For more information, schedule your appointment with the team at Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry in Redlands, CA today