Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain crowns are an excellent way to repair teeth that have been significantly worn down or damaged by injury or decay. Porcelain bridges replace teeth that are missing. Unlike crowns and bridges that are made with metal or other materials, porcelain crowns and bridges look incredibly natural. Only our office will know that your restorations are not your own teeth!
Crowns are used to solve a variety of dental issues. Teeth that have been severely worn or damaged by trauma or decay will benefit from crowns as well as teeth that have had root canal therapy and have a great deal of filling material. Dental bridges are often held in place with crowns.
Porcelain crowns are specially made to look just as good as natural teeth. Porcelain reflects light in a way that mimics the way your own teeth do, which helps the crown to blend in perfectly with your own teeth. Even you might have a hard time determining which tooth is a porcelain crown and which are your own natural teeth.
In addition to looking natural, porcelain crowns also feel natural. Once the crown is placed, it will feel exactly the same as the rest of your teeth. Porcelain crowns require no additional upkeep other than the regular brushing and flossing recommended by Dr. Briese along with your twice yearly cleanings and examinations.
While porcelain crowns are strong and durable, you should still refrain from biting objects that are not food – such as pencils – and chewing hard items like your fingernails and ice. Not only could these break your crown, they can damage your other teeth as well. If you have problems with clenching or grinding your teeth, talk to Dr. Briese. Options are available to help treat this situation and prevent further damage to your teeth.
Dental bridges contain one or more replacement teeth to help fill in gaps. Many bridges are held in place by crowns on either end, but some bridges may be secured with implants. Bridges that are made of porcelain fused to metal often have a dark line along the bottom that can give you away. Bridges that are made entirely of porcelain look completely natural. Nobody will be able to tell that your bridge is not your own natural teeth.
Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. When you are missing teeth, your other teeth must compensate for the ones that are missing, and additional damage or wear and tear can be the result. This can eventually lead to more worn down teeth and even more missing teeth. Missing teeth can change the shape of your face, make it difficult for you to eat healthy foods, and can cause your speech to become slurred or difficult to understand. Additionally, missing teeth tend to carry a stigma that could hurt you in both personal and professional settings.
While dental bridges are not permanent, most will easily last at least ten years. They may need to be replaced after that time. Dr. Briese will keep an eye on your bridge at your regular appointments at our Rayne dental office to check for any signs of damage or wear and tear and make sure that your bridge will last as long as possible.