Think about the last time you looked at yourself in the mirror. Did you make sure your hair was looking just right? Did you make sure your clothing was crisp and not wrinkled? As a society we value our appearance highly.

But do you know what the first thing a stranger notices about your appearance is? In many cases, it’s your teeth and your smile. A full and white smile is seen as a reflection of your health, attractiveness, and even your social status. Do you like what your smile is saying about you?

Or do damaged, decayed, or missing teeth make you embarrassed to smile? People notice how you also seem to hide your mouth with your hand when you speak. Or how you never show your teeth when the camera comes out. You’d never dream of wearing a sweater that was stained and full of holes, so why do you hold your smile to lower standards?

At Plymouth Dentistry, we can repair your damaged, decayed, or missing teeth with dental crowns and dental bridges. These restorative dentistry procedures can do more than just give your smile a makeover — they can also restore the form, function, and chewing ability of your teeth. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at the function of dental crowns and dental bridges as well as what you can expect from such a treatment.

What Are Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a protective cap used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. We often turn to dental crowns to restore teeth after they’ve undergone a root canal or if your tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a dental filling. A dental crown encompasses your existing tooth to protect it, end discomfort, and restore your full chewing ability.

We offer several types of dental crowns at our comfortable and modern office. Many patients prefer crowns made from ceramic materials that don’t contain metal. For best results, we often recommend zirconia crowns. Zirconia crowns are among the most durable crowns available, providing excellent protection for your damaged or decayed tooth. Patients love zirconia crowns because they allow for perfect color-matching with your surrounding teeth.

What is a dental bridge? A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A dental bridge generally consists of three or more dental crowns. We place dental crowns on either side of your missing tooth and use them to support another dental crown that fills the gap in your smile. Our dental bridges are perfectly color-matched to your existing teeth, so no one will ever know that you were missing a tooth!

How Are Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges Placed?

Dental crowns and dental bridges are routine procedures but require skill and expertise to install properly. At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we have years of experience in repairing smiles with flawless dental crowns and dental bridges.

We begin by taking impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used by a dental lab to fabricate incredibly lifelike dental crowns and dental bridges that fit and function perfectly. Then we prepare your tooth to receive the dental crown or dental bridge by making them small enough to fit under your dental restoration.

While we are waiting for your permanent dental crown or dental bridge, we fit you with a temporary crown or bridge. Then, when your permanent dental bridge or dental crown is ready, you return to our office and we bond it into place. The entire process is quite quick and easy, but we have sedation dentistry services available if you’re worried, nervous, or anxious about undergoing the procedure.

Make An Appointment

If you’re not satisfied with your smile, why don’t you do something about it? The first step starts with making an appointment at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. We can evaluate your oral health and help you determine if a dental crown or dental bridge is right for you. Call us today at (734) 224-4359 or schedule an appointment online.