General & Family Dentistry - Weymouth
Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
908 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02189
(781) 337-8700
By Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D.
July 29, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

If you have concerns about the way your teeth look, crowns or bridges may offer the perfect way to improve your smile. Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D., who practices general dentistry in Weymouth, MA, is here to explain how you can benefit from crowns and bridges.

What are crowns and bridges?Bridges

Crowns, also called caps, are hollow dental restorations that slide over a tooth, covering it completely. They're made of durable materials, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, resin, gold or nickel.

Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to a crown on either side. They're usually made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.

When are crowns and bridges recommended?

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They restore your ability to chew, bite and speak normally. They also help you avoid cavities that can occur if your teeth shift and overlap after tooth loss. Since it's difficult to clean plaque from overlapping areas, you may be more likely to experience tooth decay if you don't replace your missing tooth.

Because crowns completely encase teeth, they're a good choice if you need to protect and strengthen fragile or damaged teeth. They're often recommended if you have a crack or chip, as those conditions can make your tooth more susceptible to fracturing. If your tooth has already fractured, a crown will protect it and make biting and chewing easier. You may also need a crown if you receive a large filling or undergo root canal therapy, since both of these treatments can weaken teeth.

Crowns are also used for cosmetic purposes and offer a simple solution if a tooth is oddly shaped, too short or slightly crooked.

Are crowns and bridges comfortable?

During the first step in the crown and bridge process, your dentist makes an impression of your teeth. That impression is used to create crowns and bridges that fit your mouth perfectly. In most cases, you'll soon forget that you have a crown or bridge.

Interested in learning if crowns and bridges are the right general dentistry option for you? Call Harry E. Tatoian, Jr., D.M.D., your Weymouth, MA, dentist, at (781) 337-8700 to schedule an appointment. Make over your smile with crowns and bridges!