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Dental Crowns, Bridges, & Fillings | When You Need Them & Why

By Clint Newman on October 18, 2016

Dental Crowns, Bridges, & Fillings

Most don’t consider the steps needed to restore damaged or decayed teeth until they experience the need first hand (often in an emergency setting). Don’t be caught of guard tomorrow when that cookie from lunch cracks a tooth, or when you’re playing in your company softball league and a tooth gets knocked out. Be prepared and know the options that exist to you.

Whatever may have caused your decayed or damaged grin, restorative dentistry is what you’ll need to look for. This area dental practice focuses on restoring these damaging effects that occur over time, through accidents, and often with the gradual affects of aging. In some cases, restorative options may not be the best fix. This is why we’ve provided some cosmetic quick fix options toward the middle of this post. However, in the case of an emergency, or if you feel you are a candidate for a better looking smile, give us a call or fill out our appointment form.

Dental Fillings

Simply put, fillings are used to restore decayed teeth. A rotting or decayed tooth should be cleaned out and then restored by a filling regardless of how it happened. This keeps the tooth functioning by removing the decay and then filling the cracks so that further decay doesn’t settle in. These fillings can also be set to match the appearance of your smile. Dental fillings are often used to correct cavities as well.

Dental Bridges

Bridges are commonly used to bridge the gap left between missing or extremely spaced out teeth. Missing teeth can cause all kinds of issues, such as a bad bite from shifting teeth, gum disease, and even TMJ disorders. Fixing a missing tooth with a bridge can quickly and permanently restore your mouth to functioning again. So, if that softball game knocks a tooth out, dental bridges may be in your near future.

Dental Crowns

Like it sounds, a crown’s general purpose is to sit on top of or cap a tooth – specifically a damaged tooth. Like bridges, crowns are fixed prosthetic devices. In fact, bridges and crowns can go hand in hand. Where one needs a bridge, a crown will often accompany.

Suffered blunt force trauma? You may need a crown to repair cracked teeth. Need an old filling replaced? A crown can replace a large filling, improve a tooth’s overall appearance, protect a week tooth, and even cover a dental implant. Crowns made from porcelain can easily match the color and shape of your teeth to easily blend into your smile.

Quick Cosmetic Fixes

Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are two of the most efficient cosmetic dentistry services on the market today. They can efficiently cover up cracks and chips in teeth, correct misshapen teeth, and easily hide small gaps between teeth. Because these two quick dental services are for aesthetic fixes, they do not have the same restorative functions that crowns, bridges, and fillings offer.

Sedation Dentistry for All Your Dental Needs

We understand that visiting the dentist can be extremely intimidating. Often times, seemingly complex procedures like those found in restorative and cosmetic dentistry may keep you from reaching your smile goals. Thankfully, we have a solution for your anxiety. Try sedation dentistry with any of your dental treatments for a painless way to relax while visiting the dentist. Leave your nerves at the door and enjoy your dental treatment experience.

Get in touch

Looking to restore your ability to eat and talk normally, as well as sleep comfortably? Ask us about restorative dentistry services. Restoring your teeth can also improve the stability in your jaw line, restore comfort and symmetry in your teeth, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of place. You can improve your damaged teeth into a happier, healthier, more confident smile that you deserve. Schedule your next appointment with us and ask about restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure. We would love to discuss what options our best for you and your teeth.

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