How Dental Crowns And Bridges Can Help Your Smile
There are a number of different ways to restore and strengthen your smile when there's damage, cosmetic imperfections or missing teeth. Three common treatments offered by Dr. Carl Murano at HFL Dental, a family dentist office serving Mendon, NY, are dental crowns and bridges, and dental bonding. Learn more about these three restorative options and how they can help you feel confident in your smile again.
A dental crown is an all-around covering for a tooth that has been damaged or doesn't fit in with the rest of the smile. It's often called a cap because like a hat it fits snugly over the original tooth. Most modern crowns are made of porcelain, but some are made of metal or composite resin. They are most often used to cover a tooth after a root canal procedure or improve the appearance of a badly discolored or misshapen tooth.
A dental bridge is a way to fill in a space caused by one or more missing teeth. A conventional or traditional bridge is made up of two crowns and a pontic (false tooth) at the center. A cantilever bridge has the pontic on the end instead of in the middle. In some cases, bridges can be installed with the support of dental implants. Your Mendon family dentist will contour the bridge to fit right in with your smile.
Dental bonding is a procedure where a composite resin material is placed on the surfaces of the teeth, usually for cosmetic reasons. It is often used to fill in small gaps caused by poorly shaped teeth or to shore up the surfaces of a small tooth. After the material is bonded, it can be shaped and contoured as needed. Bonding is a temporary solution compared to veneers or crowns—a bonding treatment can last for five or more years with good care.
Which One Is Right for You?
There's a good chance that one or more of these three treatments will be right for you. If you're located in Mendon, NY, call HFL Dental at (585) 624-1917 today to find out for sure.