Can people tell that I have had a crown or bridge placed?

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If you’ve had an obvious damaged or missing tooth for a while, your family and friends may notice that your smile has improved, but they are unlikely to know exactly what changed. Acquaintances who don’t see you as often or people you are meeting for the first time will mostly likely only recognize that you have a nice smile.

In the past, the materials used to create restorations like crowns or bridges left an obvious difference in the smile. Materials such as gold or silver clearly stood out, and even ceramics used a few years ago could not be as perfectly matched to blend in with your teeth as today’s new restorations. Not only are crowns and the pontics (artificial teeth) used in bridges shaded to match your natural teeth, the material used to make them reflects light in the same way, allowing them to appear even more lifelike. As long as you make the effort to take care of your teeth with a good home-care routine and regular visits to our office, your restorations will continue to look great.

Of course, restorations do not “age” in the way that natural teeth do, so over time, your restorations may become noticeable if your other teeth become stained or discolored. If you find that this is the case, call our office to discuss teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments.
 

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