Do you have gaps and spaces in your smile caused by missing permanent teeth? To restore the beauty and functionality of your smile, Dr. Laney Schuman may recommend a dental bridge in Granite City, Illinois. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes the gap caused by missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are called the abutment teeth. A replacement tooth is attached between the dental crowns. Our dentist may suggest a dental crown to:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute your bite
- Prevent your natural teeth from shifting out of place
To place a dental bridge, our dentist will first remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the abutment teeth. This will allow room for the dental bridge in your mouth. Impressions of the teeth are then made so your dental bridge can be constructed. When your dental bridge is complete, our dentist will place it in your mouth to check the fit. After any necessary adjustments are made, our dentist will permanently cement your dental bridge in place.
Feel free to contact Midwest Family Dentistry PC today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.
When a patient’s tooth needs its shape, size, strength, and appearance improved, Dr. Laney Schuman may recommend a dental crown in Granite City, Illinois. A dental crown is a cap that is shaped like a natural tooth. When a dental crown is placed over a tooth, it covers the entire visible part of the tooth. Our dentist may place a dental crown to:
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- Hold a cracked tooth together
- Restore a broken or worn down tooth
- Support a tooth with a large dental filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover an irregularly shaped or badly shaped tooth together
- Cover a dental implant
- Improve the appearance of a tooth
Dental crowns can be made from metals, porcelain fused to metal, resin, ceramic, or porcelain. Metal crowns do not need as much tooth shaping as other dental crown types. These crowns are strong and rarely chip or break. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can have their shade matched to that of your natural teeth. Besides all-porcelain dental crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide the best color match to your natural teeth. Resin dental crowns are less expensive than other dental crowns, but they are not as strong. Ceramic and porcelain crowns provide the best color match to your natural teeth. They are ideal for patients with metal allergies.
Please contact Midwest Family Dentistry PC today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.