How to Fix a Damaged Tooth

June 26, 2013 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry

At New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we see a lot of teeth.  And unfortunately, many of those teeth have been damaged and are either broken, decayed to the point of deterioration or chipped.  At this point, many people want to know what they can do in order to fix the missing tooth and improve the look of their smile.  Oftentimes, the dentistry procedures that we recommend are crowns and bridges.  Here are the basics facts about both.

What is a Crown?

Crowns have many uses in dentistry.  The most common uses for crowns are:

  • To restore a tooth that has been fractured
  • To protect a weak tooth
  • To save a tooth when there isn’t enough of it to simply fill it
  • To attach a partial bridge
  • To cover and protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal
  • To reshape a tooth or cover a stained or yellowed one

Crowns are made from various materials such s porcelain, ceramic, gold and metal alloys and acrylic.  The alloys are stronger than the ceramic or porcelain and many dentists prefer to use them for back teeth.  For front teeth, many dentists choose ceramic or porcelain because they can be matched to the color of the existing teeth.

What is a Bridge?

If you have one or more missing teeth, your dentist may recommend that you get a bridge.  Brides are permanent dental appliances that are inserted into a gap and permanently bonded to the surrounding teeth.  If a tooth is missing and the space isn’t filled, the other teeth can move into the empty spaces which can cause bite misalignment.  This can lead to TMJ or gum disease.  Both crowns and bridges are available in a variety of materials, and like crowns, bridges made from ceramic or porcelain can be match to the wearer’s natural tooth color.

The dentists at the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry are experts at crowns and bridges.  If you have missing teeth and are looking for a solution, why not give us a call and set an appointment?  Don’t let missing teeth negatively affect your health.  Instead, come in and talk about one of these great options to fill the gap.

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