Crowns and Bridges for Aesthetic vs. Non-aesthetic Reasons
Dental crowns and bridges are both common restorations used by Dr. Zottis and Dr. Alrubie at Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics. A crown makes an ideal solution for a severely cracked or decayed tooth. If you ever need a root canal, your dentist will likely place a crown over the treated tooth to ensure its structural integrity and protect it from further infection. You might also choose a crown to cover an old filling so it is not as noticeable to others.
A dental bridge helps to fill the gap left by a missing tooth, whether you lost it due to trauma or dental disease. The bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth as well as abutments or dental crowns that hold them in place. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth act as support for the dental bridge. Your dentist anchors the supporting abutment or crown to each of the neighboring teeth, and this holds the replacement tooth in place.
Choosing Dental Crowns for Aesthetic Purposes
While more commonly used as a restoration after losing or damaging a tooth, some patients request a dental crown mainly for the sake of appearance. For example, a crown can cover a badly misshapen or discolored tooth that has not responded well to professional teeth whitening.
One benefit of choosing a dental crown for aesthetic purposes is that it looks completely natural in your mouth. Our dentists take special care to match the shade of the crown to your other teeth so that your treated tooth blends in seamlessly. It fits so securely over the top of your tooth that you may forget it's not your natural tooth.
Alternatives to treating cosmetic concerns with a dental crown include inlays, onlays, and porcelain veneers. Dr. Zottis or Dr. Alrubie would be happy to discuss all options with you during your initial consultation.
Using Dental Bridges to Improve Appearance
Having a missing tooth is an aesthetic concern as well as a major risk factor for future oral health problems. When it comes to your appearance, a dental bridge helps to maintain the shape of your face and improve your smile. Depending on the location of your tooth loss and your personal preferences, you will receive one of these types of bridges:
- Cantilever: This attaches to one other tooth and makes a good option to replace missing teeth in the back of your mouth.
- Fixed: A fixed bridge includes replacement teeth in the center and an abutment or crown at each end.
- Resin-Bonded: This involves your dentist placing metal bands behind neighboring teeth instead of crowns. It's a good choice for missing front teeth since they're typically too small for a crown.
Schedule an Appointment to Learn More About Your Cosmetic Dentistry Options
Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics is now accepting new patients. We welcome you to contact us at 412-338-0678 to request a consultation.