Hello, Plymouth, MI! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Plymouth Dentistry. We hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with your friends and family and are ready for the rest of the holiday season. You can go outside and frolic in the snow, spend time searching for the perfect gifts at department stores, and enjoy festive holidays foods.

But if you have a damaged or missing tooth, it can be difficult to get into the proper holiday spirit. Damaged or missing teeth can cause you pain, ruining your mood and disrupting your sleep cycle. They can also make it difficult to do the little things like eat that last slice of pumpkin pie. Isn’t it about time you did something to restore your oral health?

At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we offer dental crowns and dental bridges to restore damaged or missing teeth. Although dental crown procedures and dental bridges are common tools of restorative dentistry, many patients don’t know about these important tools.

So in today’s post, we’re going to look at dental crowns and dental bridges. We’ll try and answer a few of the most common questions about them and explain why they can be important for your oral health. We’ll also look at what you can expect if you need to have a dental crown or dental bridge placed at Plymouth Dentistry.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a protective cap for a damaged or decayed tooth. A dental crown completely encases your existing tooth to protect it from further damage or decay. If a tooth cannot be repaired with a dental filling, we often turn to dental crowns to ensure the health of the tooth remains optimal. Dental crowns are also used to restore a tooth following a root canal.

Dental crowns are designed to mimic the appearance of the rest of your natural teeth; we carefully color-match them and shape them to blend in with the rest of your smile. Once a dental crown has been placed, you’ll regain the full chewing ability of your damaged or decayed tooth.

We offer several different types of dental crowns, but our most popular option at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, is zirconium crowns. Zirconium crowns are some the most durable crowns available. With proper care, they can last for decades. Zirconium crowns are also more lifelike than many other types of crowns because they are translucent. A zirconium crown reflects light in much the same manner as your natural teeth. Your dentist can help determine which kind of dental crown is perfect for your unique smile.

Dental crown procedures are relatively simple. We carefully take impressions of your tooth, and then we remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth. The dental impression is then used to create your custom dental crown. It takes a few weeks for a custom crown to be fabricated, so in the interim, we will fit you with a protective temporary crown.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a way to fill a gap in your smile caused by missing teeth. We often use dental bridges when you have one or two isolated missing teeth that need to be replaced. Dental bridges not only restore the beauty of your smile, but they also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. This helps you retain your existing teeth and keeps your smile looking great.

A dental bridge is actually constructed out of dental crowns. We place two crowns on either side of your missing teeth. These dental crowns then hold an artificial tooth in place of your missing tooth. Once placed, dental bridges fit securely with the rest of your teeth. At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, our lifelike dental bridges are indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

We offer sedation dentistry services for our dental crown and dental bridge procedures. Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option if you’re nervous or fearful about visiting the dentist. Nitrous oxide sedation or oral sedation are both available to ensure a completely comfortable dental treatment.

Make An Appointment

Are you tired of a damaged or missing tooth causing you pain or making you embarrassed to smile? Then do something about it! Schedule an appointment at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. You can reach our office at (734) 224-4359.