Crowns and bridges are dental restorations commonly used to repair damaged or missing teeth. Both crowns and bridges offer significant benefits, such as restoring dental function, improving aesthetics, preventing further damage or tooth shifting, and enhancing oral health and confidence. By considering crowns and bridges, you can regain the strength, function, and appearance of your natural teeth, improving overall dental well-being. At General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa, crowns and bridges are customized to match the color, shape, and size of surrounding natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking smile.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering over a damaged or weakened tooth. It encapsulates the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline. Dental crowns are designed to restore the tooth's shape, size, strength, and aesthetics.
The affected tooth is prepared during the dental crown procedure by removing any decay or damaged portions. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken to create a custom-made crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite. A temporary crown may be placed while the permanent crown is being fabricated. In a subsequent visit, the permanent crown is cemented or bonded onto the tooth, restoring its function and aesthetics.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth, called pontics, anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. The neighboring teeth on either side of the gap are prepared and fitted with dental crowns supporting the bridge.
The process of getting a dental bridge typically involves multiple dental visits. The adjacent teeth are prepared by removing a portion of their enamel, and impressions are taken to create a custom bridge that matches your bite and natural teeth. A temporary bridge may be placed until the permanent bridge is fabricated. The permanent bridge is fitted and adjusted in subsequent visits for optimal function and aesthetics.
Crowns and bridges help restore the function of damaged or missing teeth, allowing patients to chew and speak properly. Providing a durable and stable surface enables efficient biting and chewing of food, improving overall oral function.
These restorations enhance the smile's appearance by restoring the teeth' shape, size, color, and alignment. Crowns can cover severely discolored, misshapen, or broken teeth, while bridges fill in gaps left by missing teeth, creating a more complete and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Restoring the appearance and function of damaged or missing teeth, crowns, and bridges can significantly boost a person's self-esteem and confidence. Patients feel more comfortable smiling, speaking, and engaging in social interactions.
If you have damaged teeth or missing teeth, contact General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa at 3112 West Kennedy Blvd, Tampa 33609, or 5010 Gunn Hwy, Tampa 33624, or call (813) 892-3287 to consult with our Dentist in Tampa, FL, who can assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and recommend the most appropriate solution for restoring your oral health and smile.