Earlier, when people had problems with their teeth, it was common to get problematic teeth extracted and wear dentures. However, dental technology has advanced tremendously and people do not have to worry about losing their teeth anymore. Today, cosmetic dentists use porcelain crowns and bridges to save people’s smiles and help restore their ability to smile without feeling self conscious and eat a variety of foods with ease.
Missing and Broken Teeth: The Solution
Thanks to the advancements in cosmetic tooth restoration, broken teeth, heavily decayed teeth and extracted teeth no longer pose a problem. If you have missing or broken teeth, they can be restored and repaired to their former glory with the help of bridges and crowns made from porcelain. If there is a gap due to any reason in your pearly whites, it can be fixed.
A porcelain crown basically covers the tooth and helps restore it to its original shape, size and color. This allows the crown to blend in with the surrounding teeth and it is hardly noticeable. As the name suggests, the crown is made from porcelain and can be matched to the patient’s natural teeth color. Sometimes, if the crown requires additional support, the porcelain is fused to an internal metal structure.
A porcelain bridge is commonly used to replace several contiguous missing teeth, be due to decay, extraction or trauma. When there are many missing teeth in one particular spot, it exerts a lot of stress on the other surrounding teeth. Not only can this stress cause the existing healthy teeth to break down prematurely, it also can cause them to shift and get crooked. Above all, several missing teeth cause a person to look older than what he or she is, as the face tends to sag at that point. Furthermore, this type of tooth loss can make it extremely problematic to speak clearly and chew food.