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Veneer, Crown or Bridge: Which One Can Work for Me?

Posted by Dr. Prescott on Oct 25 2016, 12:03 AM

Veneer, Crown or Bridge: Which One Can Work for Me?

You look in the mirror and notice that there is a damage on your teeth. Then you’ll think, it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentists and you’d want to improve your smile. But which one will work best for you? Veneers, crowns or bridge?

There are days when we look at ourselves in the mirror longer than usual, just to check if there had been changes in our bodies and our face. As we grow older, we will find some details in our face that can be enhanced or fix. Our teeth can affect the way we look. And when we see any changes on our teeth, such as cracks, discoloration or chipping, we know we have to take action.

Three common dental procedures that are non-invasive and suits well for small dental issues are veneers, crowns and bridges. But how can you tell which one is what you will need to improve your dental health? We’ve gathered important information about the three to help you decide which dental improvement you would like to have and would likely be recommended by your dentist.

Dental/Oral Veneers

Oral veneers are wafer-thin, tailor-made shells of tooth-colored products developed to cover the front surface area of teeth to enhance your appearance. These shells are joined to the front of the teeth which will then alter their color, shape, size, or length.Porcelain veneers are resistant to spots better than resin veneers and much better imitate the light reflecting homes of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require elimination of less of the tooth surface area prior to positioning. You will have to go over the best option of veneer product for you with your dental practitioner.

Veneers are known to be used for:

  • Teeth that are tarnished– either because of root canal treatment; discolorations from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the existence of large resin fillings that have tarnished the tooth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are broken or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, unequal, or irregularly shaped (for example, have craters or bulges in them).
  • Teeth with spaces between them (to close the space in between these teeth).

Your dental expert will probably start with a smile analysis to determine exactly what steps are needed to attain the smile you prefer. In addition, your dentist may create a diagnostic samplewhich will allow you to check the fit of the veneers and other procedures to see if the outcome is in fact exactly what you’re searching for.Your dentist may also reveal you a picture of how your brand-new smile will look. This is called cosmetic imaging.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges actually bridge the gap produced by several missing out on teeth.A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap– these 2 or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth– and an incorrect tooth/teeth between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these products. Oral bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

There are 3 main types of dental bridges:

  • Standard bridges include producing a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Conventional bridges are the most typical type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridges are utilized when there a tooth on another side is missing. This is not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the mouth since the bridge may put excessive force on other teeth and harm them.
  • Maryland bonded bridges (likewise called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain, porcelain merged to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain structure. Metal or porcelain wings frequently on simply one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Dental Crowns

An oral/dental crown or a dental cap is a fixed prosthetic item that is cemented onto a tooth. Only a dental professional can remove it once it’s in location. The main function of a crown is to cover a damaged tooth, but it likewise enhances it, enhancing its general look and positioning in the mouth.Crowns are made by taking an impression of the tooth or teeth they’ll be covering. Before this impression is developed, your dental practitioner must initially lower your tooth’s size so that the crown fits correctly. Your dental expert might likewise place a short-term crown while the long-term one is being made.

There are 4 different types of dental crowns.

  • Ceramic- These are utilized for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material.
  • Porcelain-fused to metal- This crown offers a more powerful bond than routine porcelain due to the fact that it is connected to a metal structure. It’s likewise very durable.
  • Gold alloys- This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to offering a strong bond to the tooth, it does not fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.
  • Base metal alloys- This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to deterioration, and make for a very strong crown. It also needs the least quantity of healthy tooth to be gotten rid of prior to fitting.

Whichever you choose, you must let your dentist know. This way, he’ll be able to assess your dental needs and give you options or approval for the dental improvement that you chose.

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