Restoring Your Broken and Damaged Teeth
Restorative dentistry seeks to replace damaged, missing or broken teeth while keeping adjoining healthy teeth free from cavities and plaque-causing bacteria. The recommended solution for fixing these dental issues is by using crowns or a bridge. Unlike dentures, which are temporary and removable, bridges and crowns are permanent, fixed pieces cemented onto existing teeth, which can only be removed by a dentist.
Crowns and bridges are most commonly used to restore damaged teeth, but your dentist may recommend a crown or bridge to do the following:
- Mask a discolored or poorly structured tooth.
- Solidify a weakened tooth from cracking and fracturing.
- Be a replacement for a large filling when there’s isn’t enough healthy tooth remaining.
- Act as a covering for a dental implant.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of porcelain, metal, or other material. Its function is to cover an existing tooth that is discolored or damaged beyond the ability to be filled, or to cover a dental implant when the old tooth has been removed. Crowns help strengthen and protect the tooth’s structure, and prevent spaces where plaque-causing bacteria may hide.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges are fixed partial dentures. These are dental restoration appliances that are often used to replace missing teeth by connecting them permanently either to adjacent teeth or to dental implants. In order to accomplish this, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth may have to be reduced in size so the bridge can be attached correctly. Bridges are fully customizable, and like crowns, can be made of various materials, including porcelain and metals.
Schedule An Appointment
Cosmetic dentists and oral surgeons at Hampden Dental Group specialize in Aurora bridges and crowns. Our office is conveniently located on E. Hampden Ave. in Aurora. Call our office at 303-848-4929 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online. Our appointment schedules are flexible for your convenience.