Have you been told you could benefit from these cosmetic and restorative restorations?dental crowns, dental bridges

Crowns and bridges are two of the most popular restorations out there, as they can be a great treatment option for handling everything from malformed and fractured teeth to tooth loss. Our Wheaton, IL, dentists, Dr. David Carlson and Dr. Michael Schuiling, are here to provide a little insight into these restorations and how they could improve your oral health.

What is the purpose of a dental crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. A crown will be custom-made to cover over a tooth to improve strength, function and appearance. There are many reasons one of our Wheaton general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown including:

  • To repair a damaged or broken tooth
  • To protect a weak tooth from damage
  • To cover a discolored, malformed or aesthetically damaged tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth after root canal treatment

What is the purpose of a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a good way to replace one or more missing teeth and fill the gap so that the rest of your teeth don’t shift around. A dental bridge will also require dental crowns in order to support the restoration and hold the false teeth in place. To be an ideal candidate for a dental bridge, you to have healthy, stable teeth surrounding the gap in order to support crowns and your bridge.

Once the crowns are placed over the teeth, the false teeth are cemented in place between the two crowns. Just like crowns, dental bridges are also custom-made to fit your smile and will take a couple of visits in order to take impressions of your mouth, create your restoration and then place it.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

While they are strong enough to potentially last you the rest of your life, there is a possibility that it will break or come loose over time. Maintaining good oral health, coming in for routine exams and properly caring for your restoration will ensure that you maintain it for as long as possible.

Do you have questions about getting restorative dentistry in Wheaton, IL? Want to schedule a consultation with us to find out if your smile could benefit from one of these amazing restorations? If so, then don’t hesitate to call us today!

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