What Are Crowns and Bridges?
By Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry
May 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in Briarcliff Manor wants you to knowrestorative dentistry

When you smile, do you show a lot of large, old, metal fillings to the world? Does your smile contain damaged, broken teeth? Are you missing teeth entirely? If you answered yes to these questions, it’s time for you to investigate dental crowns and bridges. Dr. Michael Teitelbaum at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry in Briarcliff Manor, NY, wants to share the facts about crowns and bridges and what they can do for your smile.

A dental crown is a strong restorative treatment that covers the entire visible part of your tooth. It encases your tooth completely, holding your tooth together. A dental crown can actually strengthen your tooth. When you bite down, the strong biting and chewing forces are spread evenly across the surface of your tooth, protecting your tooth from damage.

You can choose from several durable materials for your new crown, each with its own benefits. For example:

  • If you want the most aesthetically pleasing, natural-looking crown, full porcelain is the perfect choice. That’s because porcelain reflects light just like your natural teeth.
  • If you want the strength of metal, but still want a natural look, a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is a great choice. It’s not quite as natural-looking because of the metal foundation, but it still blends into your smile.
  • If you want a conventional, less expensive choice, full gold is perfect. It’s well suited to teeth that don’t show when you smile, and offers a strong restorative option.

If you want to replace missing teeth, dental bridges can work perfectly. A bridge utilizes the teeth on both sides of the space to support the bridge. These teeth, called abutments, are prepared and crowned to hold the bridge. The bridge holds prosthetic teeth, called pontics, which take the place of your missing teeth. After the bridge is cemented, your smile is complete, and your full chewing function is restored.

Crowns and bridges can make a difference in your smile by restoring strength and beauty. They can give you a smile you can be proud of. For more information about dental crowns and bridgework, call Dr. Teitelbaum at Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Call today!

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