Picture your family dinner table on Thanksgiving. There’s delicious food covering it, as far as your eyes can see. What’s your favorite dish on the table? There’s oven-roasted turkey, cooked to perfection and stuffed to the brim with delicious stuffing. There’s also a heaping dish of mashed potatoes, made with with real, actual potatoes. There’s a casserole dish filled with macaroni and cheese, the cheddar cheese gloriously melted on top.

Getting hungry just yet? Thanksgiving is one of the definite culinary highlights of the calendar year. But what do you do when you it hurts to eat all of your favorite foods? Life can be difficult when it hurts to chew. You have to eat softer and softer foods; you may even need to switch to a liquid diet. Your inability to chew can even lead to serious problems with your health; you may be forced to eat a diet free of variety and suffer from malnutrition.

One of the great pleasures of dentistry is restoring our patients’ ability to chew. At Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI, we practice restorative dentistry. Restorative dentistry is intended to restore the health and function of your teeth; we can rebuild teeth that have been damaged by decay and neglect, and we can even replace missing teeth. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we want to tell you a little bit more about dental crowns and dental bridges. Crowns and bridges are two of the best ways to restore form and function to your teeth.

Restore Decayed and Damaged Teeth with Zirconium Crowns

Your teeth can become damaged and decayed through the course of your life. Sometimes the decay happens as a result of poor oral health habits. Bacteria and plaque can accumulate on your teeth and erode away the enamel of your teeth. This decay and damage can cause you a great deal of pain and toothaches. Sometimes we can restore the damage with dental fillings.

But there are also times when a filling is not enough to restore a tooth. In cases like that, you may need a dental crown. A dental crown can be used to restore teeth that have become damaged or decayed for a variety of reasons. Crowns can be used to repair a decayed tooth, to restore a tooth after infection has been cleaned out of it, to restore a tooth after a root canal, or even for cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns are also helpful if you are genetically predisposed to suffer from tooth decay.

A dental crown acts almost as a protective cap; we remove decay and infection from your tooth and then bond a dental crown over the tooth. A dental crown then serves as the outer shell of your tooth; the crown will protect it from damage and infection. There are many different types of dental crowns available, often constructed out of ceramic.

Our most popular choice for dental crowns is our zirconium crowns. We recommend these crowns because they are very durable; a zirconium crown is strong enough to support your natural tooth. The crowns are custom-made and -colored. We can blend them seamlessly into your surrounding smile, so no one will ever know that it’s not your natural tooth.

Replace Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is an instrument constructed out of dental crowns. Dental bridges are used when you have a missing tooth, and the gap left by the tooth needs to be filled. Dental bridges can help give you the confidence you need to smile again by replacing the missing tooth. Dental bridges also help you regain your chewing ability that was lost from the missing tooth.

We install a dental bridge by first placing dental crowns on the teeth adjacent to the one that we will be replaced. A dental bridge is constructed by taking impressions of your teeth; the crown and bridges are then created in a dental lab. While the bridge and crowns are being created, we can create a temporary dental crown for you to wear. Dental bridges look stunningly natural; they can replace gaps in your smile and make you look great.

Make An Appointment

If you’re struggling to chew, this could be your last Thanksgiving that you don’t get to eat all the foods you love. We can restore your ability to chew with restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI today. Call our office at 734-224-4359 to schedule an appointment.