As strong as your teeth are, they can still be damaged or lost. Ignoring a crack or gap in your smile could lead to further oral health problems, so instead of trying to ignore the issue, get in touch with Havasu Dentistry as soon as you can. Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Gonzalez can offer dental crowns to correct a wide variety of issues as well as bridges that can fill in the empty space left by one or more teeth. The end result of restoration with dental crowns and bridges from our Lake Havasu City, AZ dental team? The balance and function of your bite is restored, and your grin regains its dazzling appearance!
A crown is often thought of as a “cap” for a tooth. It’s normally used to protect weakened or broken enamel, although it can also hide discoloration and other cosmetic flaws. While you may think of crowns as being made of metal, nowadays ceramic materials such as porcelain are generally preferred; this way, it’s possible to make the restoration match the color of the surrounding teeth so that ends up looking as natural as possible.
One of the biggest advantages of dental crowns is that they have many uses. For example, you might receive one if:
You have a tooth that has been severely weakened by decay and is in danger of breaking.
Your tooth has already been badly damaged in an accident.
Your tooth is badly misshapen and needs a restoration to bring it to a normal shape and size.
You have a badly stained tooth that won’t respond to a whitening procedure.
Whenever you lose a tooth or need to have one extracted, we’ll often recommend a dental bridge. This type of restoration “bridges” the gap left by the tooth, meaning the forces of your bite are distributed properly again; it will also stop your other teeth from drifting out of place. Each bridge is made out of two crowns that hold a prosthetic tooth between them. The crowns can rest on natural teeth or a pair of dental implants. Multiple prosthetic teeth can be used depending on the extent of tooth loss.