Crowns and bridges offer the ideal solution whether you want to protect a tooth, replace it or even cover up a noticeable flaw. Hingham, MA, dentist Dr. John Burns shares a few reasons why crowns or bridges may be a good choice for you.
Your tooth is damaged
Crowns are often used to prevent damage from worsening or restore teeth that have broken. The hollow restorations fit over teeth after they've been reduced in size and help absorb the extreme biting forces you generate when you eat. Crowns are recommended to prevent cracks from splitting or fracturing your tooth or to stabilize a tooth that's become weaker due to aging, a large filling or a root canal. They're also a good idea if a filling is at risk of loosening.
Tooth fractures can occur if you've fallen and hit your mouth, been in an auto accident, or if your fragile tooth broke. Fractures can be quite painful and can make eating challenging. Once a crown has been added to your fractured tooth, no one will ever be able to tell that the tooth was damaged.
Your tooth could use a little cosmetic work
Do you have a tooth or two that that aren't quite as perfect as you'd like? Whether your tooth is crooked, a little too pointed, twisted, too short or discolored, a crown can improve your appearance. When we make an impression of your mouth in our Hingham office, we'll also choose a crown color that will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
You've lost a tooth
Crowns and bridges play a crucial role in the restoration of missing teeth. If you opt for a dental implant, a crown will be attached to the top of the implant to replace the visible part of your tooth. Dental implants act as synthetic roots and bond to your jawbone, becoming just as strong as natural roots.
Crowns and artificial teeth called pontics are connected together to create a bridge, a restoration used to replace missing teeth. Crowns at either end of the bridge fit over your teeth and support the pontics.
Keep your smile strong and attractive with crowns and bridges! Call Hingham, MA, dentist Dr. John Burns at (781) 749-6750 to schedule an appointment.