Crowns are a common solution used to treat damaged teeth. Tooth damage can occur for many reasons, including facial trauma, bruxism, and biting down on something too hard. Damaged teeth are at risk of being faced with further harm, such as splitting or shattering, as well as at risk for developing painful infections.
A crown is a cap-like restoration that is made to cover over the entire visible surface of a damaged or decayed tooth. It is designed to protect the tooth from further damage and infections, while also restoring its strength and allowing it to function normally. There are many different types of crowns. Ceramic crowns are the most popular, particularly for treating damaged teeth near the front of your mouth. This is because ceramic provides a completely natural restoration to your smile. Not only can ceramic be stained to match the exact color of your natural teeth, but it also reflects light in a similar manner to natural enamel. With ceramic crowns, your smile is perfectly restored.
A bridge is a traditional restoration used for replacing a missing tooth. It can be used to replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges. The most popular, however, is called a fixed bridge. This type of bridge is made up of a pontic tooth and two crowns. The pontic tooth is the replacement tooth. It matches the size and shape of the tooth it is replacing, filling in the empty space left behind by your missing tooth. The crowns sit one on each side of the pontic tooth and are used to anchor the replacement tooth in place on the healthy adjacent teeth. Bridges can be made from porcelain, which provides a perfect restoration to the appearance of your smile.
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment designed to correct the appearance of teeth affected by minor imperfections. They are thin, shell-like restorations that are made to be bonded to the front surfaces of the damaged teeth. Once in place, they cover over the flaws, completely transforming your smile. With porcelain veneers, we can treat issues such as small chips and cracks in your tooth enamel, small spaces between your teeth, minor overlapping, teeth that are oddly sized or shaped, and tooth discoloration. Porcelain provides a perfectly natural appearance. The material can be stained to blend in with the color of your surrounding teeth, and it reflects light just like your natural tooth enamel. The material is fairly strong, with an expected lifespan of 15 years or more. It is also stain-resistant. It is more stain-resistant than your natural teeth.
With esthetic dentistry, we can help to greatly improve the quality of your smile. Call Legato Dental Centre today at (250) 860-5253 for more information and to schedule your consultation.