We get two sets of teeth in a life time. The first set is the milk teeth, for most of us the milk teeth are replaced gradually when we are between (approx) 6 and 13 years of age. The second set of teeth are supposed to last for lifetime! Meanwhile, if you happen to loose any of the permanent tooth it is important that you consult your dentist to get a replacement for the lost natural tooth to ensure that the effect of lost tooth is not propagated to the rest of the teeth; moreover a new tooth would enhance your dentifrice smile! Missing teeth may allow the surrounding teeth to become displaced leading to further complications. Cracked or damaged tooth should be corrected ASAP to save as much of the tooth as possible. Crowns are like caps for the damaged tooth. They provide strength to the damaged tooth and look perfectly natural. Bridges replace missing teeth and offer necessary support to help retain the integrity of the jaw and face structure.
Crowns (the caps), permanently restore and provide support to the damaged tooth. A good Crown will resemble the shape, size and color of the surrounding teeth.
A Crown is required for cracked tooth and tooth with deep cavities; it is also required to protect tooth that is treated for root canal.
Crowns are custom designed for each patient to match the size and length of the natural tooth. A good Crown will typically last up-to eight years, with proper oral hygiene it may last even more!
Crowns can be made of acrylic, metal, porcelain or advanced restorative materials like metal free ceramics. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximize strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.
If you lose one or more teeth completely, then a bridge may be a good choice to make. Missing teeth lead to a de-stabilized bite, a bridge will stabilize the bite and prevent the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth.
Bridges are permanent, once fixed they become vital part of your dental ecosystem! You are not required to remove them. A missing tooth that is not replaced may cause surrounding teeth to become unstable, compromising the oral health or change the shape of the face. Needless to say, a missing teeth are definitely no good for your smile.
Bridges can be used to replace a small number of missing teeth. The number of missing teeth, condition of the neighboring teeth and strength of the supporting gums and bone are all important factors which your dentist will assess prior to recommending a bridge to you.