Dental Bridges or Crowns - Unsure Which One To Pick - District Dentistry

Make A Choice: Tooth Restoration Is Time-Sensitive

Missing teeth may be quite detrimental on both a cosmetic and functional level. A missing front tooth can reduce your self-esteem and make you feel self-conscious when conversing with others. There are also practical disadvantages to consider. The way someone bites, chews or utters words can be significantly altered. This is why we advise our patients to get their lost teeth restored as soon as possible.

What Is A Dental Crown? Why Would I Need One?

Dental Crown – A crown is a cap that serves to cover the entire visible surface of the tooth to hide imperfections. Dental crowns are made from porcelain and metal alloys which make them extremely durable. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to closely resemble your original teeth. Dr. Khalil, our family and cosmetic dentist in Charlotte,  would fit this over an implant or your natural tooth.

Too Many Missing Teeth For Crown Restoration

In cases where there aren’t any or enough healthy teeth in the oral cavity where the crown will be placed, the dentist may recommend using dental bridges as your best restoration option.

When Dental Bridges Are Your Best Option

Dental Bridge – Unlike dental crowns, which are used in individual cases, bridges help replace an entire arch of teeth that’s missing. This procedure is done in-office at our dental practice in Uptown Charlotte by having the dentist attach the replacement prosthetic to the adjacent teeth on either side of the mouth for support. They are made from porcelain or ceramic material and metal alloys.

Different Types Of Dental Bridges

There are different types of bridges available in dentistry today, each varying according to their design and construction. All these restoration options offer a permanent solution for tooth loss without compromising on aesthetics or function. If you have any questions about them, contact Dr. Mjahed right away to get started on the path to dental restoration.

What Should Be Considered Before Choosing

Dental bridges and dental crowns are two common types of restorations that we employ to replace the function of missing teeth by providing connections for replacement teeth in front or on either side of this space created by natural ones.

When A Dental Crown Is Chosen Over A Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are preferred over dental crowns when the restoration area is large,

i.e., many missing teeth. Also, when treating back teeth most dentists prefer to use bridges. In back teeth treatment, the use of dental bridges is preferred because dentists can make a bridge for the full arch. Such a type of bridge is best suitable for replacing bigger loss areas between the neighboring natural teeth.

In some cases, Dr. Mjahed’s recommendation will be to use dental crowns when treating minimal front tooth loss. Using dental crowns to treat front tooth loss provides a seamless blend with the existing surrounding teeth and there is no risk of color or shape variation. Not only that, but they also offer more stability than a bridge and provide maximum protection to the adjacent teeth.

Common Questions About Dental Bridges

  1. Is this a one-day procedure? – Dental bridges are usually completed in 1 to 2 visits. We do have a single-day dental bridge procedure that is a fantastic alternative for individuals who have lost one or more teeth but still have healthy teeth on the sides of the empty area. This is the ideal tooth replacement solution in this case.
  2. Does The Procedure Hurt? – The dentist will numb your gums and facial muscles using a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel any discomfort during treatment. You may experience some tenderness or slight bleeding

for a day or two after the dentist removes the temporary restoration and puts in a new one.

If you too have been thinking about getting your missing teeth restored, contact us. We offer many options for restoring them in both natural-looking and functional ways so that your smile can be beautiful and strong at all times!