Posted by Dr. Julie Boudreault On 15-06-2022
Do you have missing, broken, or chipped teeth? Are you suffering from an imperfect smile? If so, you should rest assured that there are quite a few options available to you. In fact, it’s always a good idea to know your options before seeking any kind of long-term treatment.
If lost or missing teeth are an issue for you, implant crowns and bridges can definitely improve the appearance of your smile and increase your comfort level.
Crown and bridge implants are safe and durable solutions that should provide natural results that last for decades. If you are interested in this procedure, please keep reading to learn eight ways these treatments can benefit you and your smile.
What are crowns and bridges?
Before you learn about all the wonderful things these dental treatments can do for you, you might want to know a bit more about them.
Crowns are dental caps that cover teeth which are deeply discoloured, cracked, fractured or broken. We also use this type of restoration to fix minor teeth gaps and misalignment issues.
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, dental bridges are used to replace the missing teeth with artificial ones. To create a bridge, an artificial tooth is used to fill in the gap where the missing tooth is.
Crowns are placed on existing teeth on either side of the gap to support the artificial tooth. Implant crowns and bridges are used if healthy teeth aren’t available to create this support.
With implant crowns and bridges, a titanium post is implanted and acts as an anchor to secure the crown to the jaw. This stable implant can then secure a crown or provide firmness for a bridge.
Types of Crowns:
Crowns made of various types of metal (including gold, palladium and nickel) were once the most common crown used in dentistry.
While they offer the best longevity and take the longest to wear down, their aesthetics provide an obvious drawback.
Metal crowns might be alright for your very back molars, though most people prefer a more natural appearance for their crowns these days.
Resin crowns are made of composite materials that are not too different from the material regular fillings are made from.
They look natural, can be matched to your existing teeth, and are one of the most affordable choices. However, they may not be worth it in the long run if you press or grind your teeth, as resin crowns tend to be easiest to chip or fracture.
Crowns made entirely from ceramic or porcelain are among the most popular crowns used today.
They provide a far more natural look than metal crowns as they can match the look and colour of your natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns are great options for front teeth, as these will have the most visibility.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide a similar natural look to all-Porcelain crowns, except for a small metal rim visible at the bottom of the tooth.
While they are less costly than their all-ceramic counterparts, the visible metal line makes them more conspicuous.
However, they are a great option for teeth further back (and therefore less visible) in the mouth.
This type of crown is becoming an incredibly popular choice. These crowns are made of highly durable ceramic.
Because they are designed and installed with the aid of a computer system, you can make an appointment and receive your crown in a single visit.
CEREC crowns offer a fast and convenient way to receive crowns that are both natural-looking and extremely durable.
Milltown Dental offers same-day tooth restorations using the revolutionary CEREC machine. This equipment uses CAD/CAM technology that enables us to fabricate same-day dental crowns for our valued patients.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
1. Aesthetically pleasing
Crowns and bridges help to restore your natural, beautiful smile and make you feel better about your appearance. Crowns can even sometimes be used to change a discoloured or misshaped tooth, and even be used to lengthen existing teeth.
When you get an implant crown, it will be matched to your existing tooth colour for a natural appearance that your friends and family won’t be able to differentiate.
All in all, implant crowns and bridges can drastically improve the look of your teeth and keep you smiling! No more hiding in pictures or smiling without showing your teeth.
2. Efficient chewing
Of course, damage to or loss of teeth can make it difficult to chew certain foods. It can also affect your speech and make it harder to pronounce certain words.
With implant crowns and bridges, you can fix these issues and enjoy more efficient chewing as well as improved speech.
Many of us don’t know the difference that proper teeth and alignment can make in our everyday lives. By getting your teeth fixed using crowns and bridges, you will certainly see a difference in your mental health, mood, and productivity.
3. Protects teeth
Crowns and bridges protect damaged and broken teeth from decaying further and infecting other areas of the mouth. The sooner you seek out your treatment, the better it will be for you in the long run.
4. Reduces pain
Broken and damaged teeth can be subject to tooth sensitivity and pain. No one wants to live like this for an extended period of time, let alone at all!
By fixing your damaged teeth with implant crowns and bridges, you will alleviate the pain your broken teeth have been causing you. This means a freer, happier you.
No more pain medication and stifling jaw aches. Get to the root of the problem and get the relief you need. Living in pain should never be your constant state.
5. Stops shifting
Unfortunately, when teeth are lost or missing for an extended time, other teeth will start shifting to accommodate the loss. This means that your smile may show gaps or start to become overcrowded in areas. Either way, this is a recipe for disaster.
While some shifting of teeth may be normal over time, losing a tooth will rapidly accelerate shifting. In order to stop this, you should treat the issue as soon as possible.
If you have missing teeth, book a consultation with a dentist right away, giving no time for other issues to pop up in the meantime. A good dentist will replace your missing teeth in a timely manner and ensure that no further damage is done.
6. Better oral hygiene
You will be able to better care for your smile and take care of your oral hygiene when things are in order. This means that once your broken, damaged, or missing teeth are fixed, other issues may cease as well.
Bacteria, plaque, and bad breath will be less of an issue. Maintenance will be more straightforward, and most of your aftercare will happen conveniently at home.
7. A healthier smile
Ultimately, a healthier smile is what we all aim for. Dental implant crowns and bridges will improve your overall jaw health by providing better structural integrity for a healthy smile.
You will be less likely to suffer from bone loss or shifting teeth. If a healthier lifestyle is what you desire, start with your oral health and take a look in the mirror at your smile.
8. More confidence
Confidence is key to attracting job offers, business deals, and even friends and relationships. Perhaps your missing teeth and imperfect smile are holding you back from displaying true confidence.
If you think this is an issue for you, speak with a reputable dentist who can put you on the right track to a better, more attractive smile. You’re just one decision away from improving your self-esteem and living the life you envisioned.
Implant crowns and bridges can fix a broken smile and give a patient a new outlook on life.
They really are life-changing procedures with astonishing results. Never underestimate the power of dental work and how it can truly improve your life and circumstances.