Posts for tag: Damaged Teeth

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
September 07, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns and bridgesCrowns and bridges just may provide the ideal solution to your cosmetic dental issue. Westland, MI, dentists Drs. Brent Carey, Dennis Aylward, and Allison Carey offer the restorations at Carey & Aylward.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns are hollow tooth-shaped restorations that slip over teeth. Before you receive a crown, your Westland, MI, dentist must decrease the circumference of your tooth slightly to ensure that the restoration fits comfortably. Crowns are cemented to your teeth and are available in a variety of materials tough enough to withstand daily wear and tear, such as ceramic, resin, porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Bridges fill gaps in your smile that occur due to missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth connected to crowns on either end.

Are crowns or bridges a good choice for me?

Crowns are particularly versatile and are an excellent option in any of these circumstances:

  • Your tooth is damaged: Fractures, breaks and large chips in teeth detract from your appearance and may also make it difficult to chew and tear foods. Crowns cover the damaged area, completely restoring your tooth. Crowns are created from a mold of your mouth to ensure that your restoration looks completely natural.
  • You have a crack in your tooth: A crack may not sound like a major problem, but that tiny crack can turn into a break or fracture one day. Crowns prevent cracks from worsening, protecting your teeth.
  • Your dentist tells you that you have a fragile teeth: Teeth can become brittle or fragile as you age or may weaken due to large fillings, root canals or other dental procedures. Crowns protect and strengthen at-risk teeth.
  • Your tooth is discolored or oddly shaped: Crowns hide discolorations and may also be used to completely transform teeth. The restorations change the height and width of teeth and are a good choice if a tooth is too short, crooked, twisted, or pointed.

A bridge may be recommended if you've lost a tooth or two. If you don't replace your lost teeth, your other teeth may begin to drift, which will affect the appearance of your smile and may lead to bite problems.

Would you like to find out if you can benefit from a crown or bridge? Call Westland, MI, dentists Drs. Brent Carey, Dennis Aylward, and Allison Carey of Carey & Aylward at (734) 425-9130 to schedule your appointment.