Posts for: December, 2017
Do you have missing or damaged teeth? You may benefit from crowns and bridges. Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley, III; Edwin Riley, IV; and Rita Han explain how crowns and bridges can restore your smile.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns are hollow restorations made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic. They're created from an impression of your mouth made in our Boston office and slide over the top of teeth after they've been prepared. Bridges are also made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic and are used to replace missing teeth. Crowns on either end of the bridge support one or more artificial teeth in the middle.
When are crowns recommended?
Crowns are often used to:
- Strengthen Weak Teeth: Teeth can weaken as you age, or weak or brittle teeth may be something you've inherited. Your teeth can also become fragile if you've had a dental procedure, such as a large filling or a root canal, or have developed a crack. Crowns strengthen your weak teeth and prevent them from fracturing.
- Restore Damaged Teeth: Damaged or broken teeth can cause lacerations in your mouth, make eating difficult and affect your appearance. Adding a crown to a broken or chipped tooth restores its normal shape and width, as well as its function.
- Improve the Appearance of a Tooth: Crowns provide an excellent solution if you're concerned about the appearance of one of your teeth. They can conceal discolorations or even change the shape of a tooth. If you have one or two teeth that are crooked or twisted, there's no need for braces if your bite isn't affected. Adding crowns to the teeth is a simple way to improve your smile. Crowns also add length to teeth that are naturally short or have eroded due to grinding.
Why should I consider a bridge?
Filling the gap in your smile offers several important benefits, including:
- Improved appearance
- Better chewing and biting ability
- No drifting of surrounding teeth
Would you like to find out if you can benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Boston, MA, dentists Drs. Edwin Riley, III; Edwin Riley, IV; and Rita Han at (617) 723-4032 to schedule your appointment.