Whether you need a tooth repaired or completely replaced, Dr. Heim and Dr. Carroll can help! Losing the function of a tooth that has been damaged or lost to decay can be challenging, but the good news is that a dental crown can restore a damaged tooth, and a bridge can replace one that is failing or missing. In most cases, our dentists can even restore your smile during only one visit. Here’s what you should know about dental crowns and bridges in Glastonbury, CT.
A dental crown is designed to fit over your remaining tooth structure to rebuild your entire tooth. It strengthens and restores function to a tooth that has been damaged by decay, trauma, or an infection. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes to restore a tooth that is misshapen or discolored. It is also the restoration used to top a dental implant when replacing a single tooth.
A bridge is a custom-made prosthetic that is made of two dental crowns attached to any number of free-standing replacement teeth. The crowns anchor to your healthy teeth to secure the restoration in place and complete your arch. They can last for 10 to 12 years with the proper maintenance, and you can ensure its longevity with excellent home care routine that includes consistent brushing and flossing to keep your anchor crowns clean. Regular examinations every six months with Dr. Heim or Dr. Carroll will also ensure the health of your dental bridge.
Crowns and bridges are made of porcelain, which is a material that is both durable and aesthetically appealing so your smile feels and looks completely natural. Your crown provides all the function you lost with your damaged tooth so you can eat and chew easily and comfortably again, while protecting the integrity of your natural root, which keeps your jawbone healthy.
A bridge fills in the gaps left in your smile by missing teeth and prevents neighboring teeth from drifting. A dental bridge in Glastonbury also tends to be a less expensive option than a dental implant when you are considering replacing your teeth.
If you have one or more teeth that are compromised or already missing, the first place to start is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heim or Dr. Carroll to discuss your options. They are happy to help determine if a dental crown or bridge is right for your needs after performing a thorough examination. They will also discuss additional choices that might be available for you, such as a dental implant.
Contact our Glastonbury dental office today to learn more about dental crowns and bridges and to schedule your next appointment.