If you are suffering from severely damaged or missing teeth, it’s still possible to achieve a flawless smile you’ll want to show off. Using crowns, bridgework, or fixed bridges, Dr. Spadafora can create a natural looking, fully functional smile that will boost your confidence and help maintain oral health. Leaving missing or damaged teeth untreated can lead to long-term or permanent problems for both your oral and overall health. Not only will crowns and bridgework help improve the appearance of your smile but they will also help prevent against disease and infections.
Crowns are designed to encase a damaged tooth and protect it from further decay. Each crown is custom made to fit your smile perfectly, allowing them to function just like your natural teeth would. In fact, they can restore the original shape and size of teeth that have been cracked, chipped, fractured, or damaged. Use of a crown can also help protect and strengthen an existing tooth structure.
Crowns are made out of porcelain, a durable material that can survive daily wear and tear. Additionally, use of this material allows them to blend seamlessly with the color and texture of your natural teeth and as a result help improve the appearance of your smile instantly.
It’s important to note that while crowns are durable, they aren’t permanent. They can last several years if properly cared for but will eventually require replacement. The simple procedure of placing a crown can be completed in a single visit to Dr. Spadafora’s office in Hermitage.
Reasons for investing in crowns include:
- Fractured or large fillings
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Root canal treatment
- Need of cosmetic enhancement
Similar to a crown, bridges are also a restorative treatment made out of porcelain. This factor allows for natural looking results that closely resemble your healthy neighboring teeth. Bridges are most commonly used to repair dental function and the aesthetic look of the smile by filling gaps left by missing teeth. Additionally, they protect against decay and gum disease. While they can last years with proper care, they are not permanent and will eventually need to be replaced.
Depending on the state of your oral health and your needs, there are three types of bridgework that Dr. Spadafora can use to restore missing teeth. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are supported by crowns attached to healthy neighboring teeth. However, if abutment teeth are solely located on one side of the missing tooth, a cantilever bridge can be used to anchor the crown. In contrast, Maryland bridges, considered a more conservative option, are supported by a metal or porcelain framework. While the framework doesn’t require healthy neighboring teeth to be altered in order to support a crown, the metal or porcelain may get in the way of your gums or your bite.
Investing in dental bridges may be right for you if you want to:
- Replace missing teeth
- Prevent misalignment of your smile
- Restore proper chewing and speaking
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from removable partial denture
Visit Dr. Spadafora in Hermitage, PA today!
Restore your confidence with crowns and bridges at Dale F. Spadafora DDS! Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Spadafora will help determine what you need for a beautiful, healthy smile.Depending on the condition of your remaining teeth and specific needs, our Hermitage dentist will advise you on the best course of treatment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!