Are Crowns and Bridges Right for Me?

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
February 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Find out if these dental restorations are the best option for your smile.

With all the dental treatments available, it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for you. Some are great if you are looking to get Bridges a brighter smile, while others will help you straighten or even replace your teeth. From the office of your Pittsburgh, PA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gary Machiko, find out when a dental crown or bridge may be right for you.

Dental Crowns

A crown is made to look just like a real tooth and is often made from porcelain or ceramic (as well as metal, on occasion). It is also hollow so it can be cemented by your Pittsburgh dentist Dr. Machiko over a natural tooth--one that is damaged or requires an aesthetic makeover. Once cemented into place, they can preserve the tooth’s function, strength, and appearance so that your natural tooth doesn’t sustain any more damage.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is usually made of three or more false teeth. The two artificial teeth on either end of the bridge are dental crowns, which will be placed over your neighboring natural teeth to secure the restoration in place. The middle tooth, also known as the pontic, is the one that will fill the gap and replace your missing tooth.

Which one is the right option for my smile?

Many patients who are dealing with teeth that are significantly fractured, cracked, or decayed may be able to get for dental crowns. However, they must have enough healthy enamel left after removing the diseased or damaged portions of the tooth.

Dental bridges can also be a great tooth replacement option, provided the surrounding teeth supporting your bridge are healthy and free of decay. When crowns and bridges aren’t an option, your cosmetic dentist in Pittsburgh may recommend implants or dentures.

Have questions about crowns and bridges? Think this could be the cosmetic treatment you’ve been looking for? Then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Pittsburgh, PA today. Call the office of Dr. Gary Machiko and get one step closer to a healthier smile.