Smiling can be a chore for those with missing teeth. Luckily, your dentists at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA have many options available for replacing those teeth and restoring smiles to their former brilliance. Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian often suggest crowns and bridges to their patients who either have a tooth in jeopardy of being lost or need to fill in gaps from missing teeth. Learn about these restorations here.
What is a crown?
Like the royal headwear of the same name, dental crowns sit on top of a tooth. But while jewel-encrusted crowns are for decoration, dental crowns don't just improve the tooth's appearance. They protect teeth that have sustained damage from decay or accidents, allowing the wearer to retain the all-important root structure of their natural tooth while still being able to retain its function above the gumline. Crowns from your Milford, MA dentist are typically made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, depending on the location of the tooth and how it will be used; for chewing, biting, and so on. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory using both physical measurements taken by Dr. Beigi and Dr. Raeisian, then attached using a bonding cement. With proper care, you can expect most crowns to last a decade or more before needing replacement or repair.
What is a dental bridge?
Think of a bridge that you drive your car across - it has a beginning and an end point on land, with a section that spans over a body of water or another stretch of road. A dental bridge has the same gap-closing properties. By placing two crowns on the teeth on either side of a gap, a pontic, or artificial tooth, can be sandwiched between them, creating a classic dental bridge. Bridges make eating and speaking easier, and can help prevent tooth decay and bone loss that is often associated with missing teeth.
If you think you might need a crown or a bridge, we at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA look forward to discussing your options with you! Give us a call today at (508) 966-7023 to set up a consultation.