You need a full set of healthy teeth to eat, speak and smile properly; if one of your pearly whites has been damaged or is missing, you’ll need to repair the damage as soon as possible. Dr. Uchil and Dr. Girskis are both skilled prosthodontists with years of experience creating and placing high-quality crowns that can strengthen and enhance broken teeth as well as bridges to fill the gaps in a grin. Get in touch with Saav Prosthodontics today to schedule a consultation.
If your tooth has lost its original shape and size or has been weakened thanks to decay, we can restore it and protect it with a dental crown. It can be thought of as a “cap” that covers the tooth. Some crowns can be made of metal, but an all-ceramic or all-porcelain crown can be made to match your natural teeth.
The benefits of dental crowns include:
You have a few options for replacing a lost tooth. One choice is to get a dental bridge; this is a false tooth (also called a pontic) that is being held in place by adjacent abutment teeth. Like crowns, a bridge will normally be made out of porcelain and shaded so that they blend in with the rest of your smile.
The benefits of a dental bridge include:
A bridge is created when one or more pontics are placed between two dental crowns. The crowns are then placed on teeth on either side of the gap. For this to work, a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from your natural teeth to make room for the restoration; as such, you can only get a dental crown if your remaining teeth are still healthy and strong.
There’s another way crowns and bridges can be used to replace teeth: they can be placed on top of dental implants. Implants are metal posts in your jaw that serve as new tooth roots. Implant-retained restorations feel like your regular teeth and are secure inside your mouth (meaning they don’t come loose, unlike dentures). Also, the implants keep the jawbone strong and healthy by stimulating it whenever you chew; this prevents resorption in your jaw after tooth loss. As a final benefit, dental implants are simple to care for, yet can last for 30 years or longer.