Durable Restorations For Damaged Or Missing Teeth

While checkups help you preserve an already healthy smile, dental crowns and bridges help repair and replace existing damage. Teeth are commonly affected by issues such as fractures and breaks, or by excessive wear that makes them structurally weaker. A dental crown can help teeth bounce back from these concerns by fortifying their natural structures. For example, a dental crown (or cap) can be placed over a tooth that has been damaged to both restore its structure and protect it from sustaining further damage. Similarly, a dental bridge can fill a gap left by a missing tooth by mimicking its original appearance to return your full smile.

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is essentially a replica of your tooth and is designed to be bonded in place. This serves several important purposes, including restoring the tooth to stop the damage from growing any worse. Also, by covering your tooth’s entire visible structure, the crown absorbs your bite’s pressure in place of the compromised tooth structure underneath it. This helps restore your bite’s function without placing your damaged tooth structure under more pressure. For optimal restorative and cosmetic results, we create dental crowns from zirconia, a material that provides superior strength and durability.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is called such because of the way it bridges the gap left in your smile after losing a tooth. The pontic that replaces the tooth is supported by one or a pair of dental crowns, which are bonded to the healthy teeth closest to the empty space in your smile. Both the pontic and supportive crowns are often crafted from realistic, customized zirconia that is tinted and layered to replicate the appearance of your healthy, natural teeth. In some cases, a bridge may be designed with multiple pontics to replace several lost teeth that are adjacent to each other.

Speak With Your Leawood, KS, Dentist About Repairing Your Smile With Modern Ceramics

A custom-designed dental crown or bridge can help you restore your smile with lifelike results. Depending on your needs and preferences, we can help you select the treatment that best serves your appearance. To schedule a consultation with us, call Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park, South KC, South OP, Martin City, MO, and all surrounding communities.