Dental Crowns and Bridges in Beverly Hills, MI

If you have a tooth or several teeth that are damaged or missing, you might be curious what you can do to restore both the function and the look of your smile. Two of the ways we do this for our patients is to use dental crowns and bridgework. Let’s discuss more about what each of these procedures entail.

What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

Both crowns and almost all bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are used to restore smiles. Unlike dentures, these are permanent devices that you cannot take out and clean daily. Instead, crowns and bridges are cemented onto your existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by your dentist.

How do Crowns Work?

A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth entirely. Not only does this help to strengthen the tooth but it can also help in improving the overall appearance, shape, or alignment of the tooth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can even be matched to the natural color of your teeth so that no one can even tell you have had dental work completed.

Our family dentist may recommend you get a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling

  • Protect a tooth that is weak so that it does not fracture

  • Restore a fractured tooth

  • Attach a bridge (continue reading below)

  • Cover a dental implant

  • Cover a poorly shaped or discolored tooth

  • Cover a tooth that recently had root canal treatment

How do Bridges Work?

Bridges are used for patients who are missing one or more teeth. If you have gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth, it will cause for your remaining teeth to move, filling the empty spaces and resulting in a bad bite. Additionally, having missing teeth can also lead to you developing gum disease and TMJ disorders. This is why bridges are helpful as they restore the overall look and infrastructure of your smile.

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