Posts for tag: bridges

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
March 10, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: bridges   crowns  

Wondering how dental crowns and bridges improve smiles?

While no one wants to think about it, there are situations in which teeth may become damaged or need to be extracted. These are problems that are all too common. Our Westland, MI, dentists are here to restore your smile when you’re faced with issues such as cracked or missing teeth. Restorative dentistry can improve your oral health and your appearance.

What is a crown?

This tooth-shaped restoration is made to fit over a tooth to provide a protective barrier around the tooth. As you might imagine, this protective barrier ensures that the natural tooth underneath doesn’t become damaged any further. A crown can protect severely decayed, injured, and weak teeth and preserve what’s left of the tooth, so you don’t need an extraction later on in life.

When is a dental crown placed?

There are many scenarios in which our Westland, MI, general dentist will recommend a crown. Crowns are typically placed to:

  • Correct and improve a malformed, misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Restore chewing and biting
  • Protect teeth from further injury and damage
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Secure a fixed dental bridge in place

What is a bridge?

This dental prosthetic is custom-made to fill gaps in your smile with false teeth. If you choose to get a fixed dental bridge, we will need to use dental crowns to hold the bridge permanently in place. Otherwise, a removable dental bridge will contain clasps that will hook around natural teeth to secure them in place. The type of bridge that’s right for you will depend on a variety of factors including your oral health and whether your natural teeth are strong enough to support a bridge.

Why might I need a dental bridge?

Are you missing one or more teeth in a row? If so, then a dental bridge may be a quick, reliable way to restore missing teeth without the need for surgery. It usually takes 2-3 visits to get your dental bridge placed, and this dental device is made just for you. If you are missing teeth, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options including bridges. We’d be happy to sit down and discuss your options with you.

When dental issues happen to you, our Westland, MI, family dentists can restore your smile. If you have questions about dental crowns and bridges, call Carey & Aylward Family Dentistry at (734) 425-9130 to schedule a consultation.

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
January 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns   bridges  

Do you have teeth which you consider to be unsightly? Are you annoyed by a gap left from an extracted or lost tooth? If you answered dental crowns, bridgesyes to these questions, you could benefit from two common dental procedures to repair these issues and renew your smile. Determining if your teeth require dental restorations is as easy as asking your Westland, MI dentist at Carey and Aylward DDS about crowns and bridges.

What do crowns and bridges do? 
Crowns and bridges are indirect dental restorations, meaning they are permanent and non-removable. Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap which fits over a compromised tooth to strengthen and stabilize it. Bridges use crowns to secure a prosthetic tooth in place, filling in the gap left behind from a missing tooth. The purpose of these restorations is to give you back your smile, boosting confidence and allowing you to chew and speak normally.

When do I need a crown? 
Dentists use dental crowns to strengthen and stabilize teeth. Teeth with the following abnormalities benefit from crowns:

  • broken
  • cracked
  • large fillings, particularly after root canal therapy
  • worn down teeth

In addition to strengthening compromised teeth, crowns also improve the teeth’s appearance. If a tooth is severely stained or misshaped, a crown can cover the tooth’s imperfections.

When do I need a bridge? 
Bridges fill the gaps left behind from missing teeth. The bridge itself is made up of three prosthetic teeth: two crowns on either end and a full prosthetic in the center, which sits on the gum line above the socket of your missing tooth. The two crowns sit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap, securing the bridge to the teeth permanently.

How are crowns and bridges made and placed? 
A specialist in a dental laboratory uses a mold of your teeth taken by your dentist to design your crown or bridge. Each restoration is customized completely for your mouth, ensuring a natural look and secure fit. Crowns and bridges require two dental appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist prepares your tooth to receive the crown. Your dentist shapes the tooth accordingly and a temporary crown may be placed until the permanent restoration arrives. A second appointment, scheduled after the dental lab sends your completed crown or bridge to your dentist’s office, completes the procedure. Your dentist removes the temporary crown and permanently attaches the permanent prosthetic to your tooth using dental cement.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Carey & Aylward DDS in Westland, MI. Call (734) 425-9130 to schedule your consultation today!