If you’re unhappy with the aesthetic of your teeth, dental crowns and bridges could be the answer to completing your smile and restoring your confidence. Luckily, we consider our Sarum dentists as the leading professionals of bespoke restorations in Salisbury. So, if you have missing or weak teeth and irritating gaps in your dentition, read on to discover how crowns and bridges could help you.
What’s the difference between a crown and a bridge?
Both crowns and bridges are permanently fixed into the mouth using a binding cement supported by natural teeth or dental implants which can only be removed by a dentist.
A bridge is used to fill the gap left by a missing tooth, anchoring a prosthetic tooth in-between two existing teeth. If you have gaps caused by missing teeth, you may not be aware that this can cause problems with your ‘bite’ as the surrounding teeth rotate and shift into the empty spaces. Gaps can also be a haven for food and bacteria which increases your risk of gum disease. A custom dental bridge, matched to the shade of your natural teeth, can fix the appearance of a ‘gappy’ smile, as well as ensuring your oral health isn’t compromised by related issues.
A crown caps your tooth and restores function when a filling is no longer an option to repair existing decay and damage, and they can also be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, and alignment. Made of ceramic or a metal and ceramic combination, crowns also offer a custom solution to strengthen the form of a weakened tooth.
What to expect when getting a crown or bridge
Your Sarum dentist will always discuss the treatment options available to you should you need to have teeth replaced or repaired. Crowns or bridges are popular, highly effective, and pain-free options.
A bespoke restoration installation at Sarum Dental Practice will take two appointments the first of which will prepare the tooth, smoothing its shape to accommodate the crown which is made in a lab using your dental impressions. Your Salisbury dentist will then cement your custom restoration permanently into position at your second appointment. Your new dentition will look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth and will keep you confidently smiling for many years to come.