Dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and sometimes as things progress, perfectly viable products get shoved into the background. Take dental crowns and dental bridges for example. These two procedures are performed routinely by the dentists at the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Let’s talk about what each of these procedures are and how they benefit our patients.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a fix prosthetic device that is put into place by a dentist. Once in place, they become a permanent part of your mouth and should be taken care of like your other teeth. They can only be removed by a dentist. When a patient has a damaged tooth, a dental crown is to cover the bad the tooth, which makes it look better and also improves the shape or alignment of the mouth. A dental crown can be made of porcelain, gold, ceramic or acrylic. If the dentist uses porcelain, the dental crown can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. Because the metals are stronger than porcelain, many dentists recommend that they are used for back teeth, which typically are used for chewing tough foods.
What are Dental Bridges?
If you are missing one or more teeth, the dentist may recommend dental bridges to fill the gap. It’s important because when you have gaps in your teeth, the remaining teeth will begin to move, which can cause serious bite and misalignment problems. Dental bridges fit into the area where there are no teeth and are permanently bonded to your existing teeth. Just like with dental crowns, dental bridges can be made from several materials, and if your dental bridge will show in your smile, you’ll probably want it made from porcelain or ceramic so they can be made to match your natural teeth.
The dentists at the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry do all sorts of smile transforming cosmetic dentistry, but they also perform the much needed dental procedures such as dental crowns and dental bridges. If you want to talk about the options for your new smile, give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment for you.