Have your teeth become chipped or damaged over time? Have one or more of your teeth fallen out as you’ve aged? Are you worried to smile because your teeth aren’t as full and bright as they used to be? Grover Dental Centre provides many ways to restore your smile to its former glory. By getting dental crowns or dental bridges in Medicine Hat you will have a complete smile once again that can help you smile with confidence. Visit our office to talk to an expert who can determine if dental crowns or bridges are the right way to restore your smile.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve the tooth’s shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay; they can be made of porcelain, metal, or zirconia.
Tooth decay is caused by dental plaque. Many different types of bacteria live in our mouths and build up over time to become plaque. If you don’t brush and floss after eating and drinking, acid that is created by the bacteria can dissolve the protective enamel around your teeth. Once the enamel is worn away the acid can cause cavities and get deep into your teeth, causing tooth decay and even worse problems.
Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. The crown then becomes your tooth's new outer surface, which is durable and will protect your tooth from further harm from plaque.
How Do You Know if Crowns Are Needed
Fillings are a typical fix for tooth decay, but sometimes they aren’t enough to solve the problem. Crowns are needed when tooth decay has set into the inner parts of your tooth and there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Each crown is created in a lab using an iTero dental scan which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. It is then formed just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
Dental bridges are useful for many restorative purposes. A bridge can be used to maintain the shape of your face, alleviate stress on your bite, or replace missing teeth.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. A bridge can be made from zirconia, gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these; it is then bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
The success of a bridge depends on your existing teeth, gums, and jaw. Therefore, it's very important to keep your smile healthy and strong. Getting a bridge earlier is better, as your jawbone can lose mass and strength when you have missing teeth for long periods of time. Bridges will also help prevent you from losing more teeth, as having gaps in your smile can weaken your remaining teeth’s roots and cause more tooth loss.
Don’t wait until you have lost all of your teeth and require dentures. Visit Grover Dental Centre and inquire about getting dental bridges in Medicine Hat today.