Crowns and Bridges
Damaged and missing teeth make it difficult to live life with confidence. Parts of life that others take for granted become challenging including eating favorite foods and even smiling and laughing.
At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we have numerous solutions for broken, decayed, or missing teeth. Two of our most popular and cost-effective options are dental crowns and bridges.
Dental crowns, sometimes referred to as “caps,” are placed over the top of your natural tooth to protect, support, and repair the tooth. Crowns can help us save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed and replaced.
Crowns can be used in a variety of situations. Some of the most common reasons that we use crowns include:
- Damage to teeth caused by trauma or injury
- Teeth that have extensive decay or very large cavities
- Teeth that need extra support following a root canal
- Teeth that are worn down or damaged because of erosion
- Cracks and fractures caused by grinding or clenching
- As part of a dental implant system to replace missing teeth
The technology used to create crowns has improved by leaps and bounds in the last years, and we have multiple options to create the crowns that will provide the best support for your teeth as well as the best aesthetics. We are proud to offer tooth-colored crowns that contain no metal and look nearly identical to natural teeth.
Dr. Narra will discuss your options with you and help you choose the right crown to protect your tooth or teeth.
Dental bridges help to “fill in the gaps” left by missing teeth with artificial teeth that look exactly like the real thing. Unlike partials or dentures, bridges are designed to remain in place permanently, and with good care and hygiene habits, your bridge may last a lifetime.
Bridges are made up of one or more artificial teeth that are held in place using crowns affixed to the adjoining teeth or dental implants. Dr. Narra will work with you to determine the right option for you depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, where they are located, and your particular dental goals.
Caring for Your Restorations
Proper care is important for extending the life of your restorations, but it’s as simple as following the brushing and flossing routine that Dr. Narra has recommended for you. Although your crown or bridge cannot decay, the tooth beneath your crown may and so can the adjacent teeth. Additionally, a buildup of plaque and tartar can lead to bad breath and, eventually, periodontal disease.
Along with practicing good home health-care habits, regular cleanings and examinations are necessary. At your examinations, we’ll check the condition of your restoration to make sure that it’s still in good shape.
While your restorations are designed to be durable, they can break if they are placed under too much pressure – just like your own natural teeth. If you happen to break a crown or a bridge, call our office immediately so that we can quickly repair the damage.
To learn more about crowns and bridges and how they can help you, call our Glendale dental office today.