What Do You Need to Know about Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

When you have damaged or missing teeth, you should visit a dentist for cosmetic improvements that will also improve the functions of your mouth. Having a strong, full set of teeth is essential so that you can chew food, talk properly, and have a beautiful smile. However, you may wonder what are the pros and cons of having dental crowns or dental bridges. Here are some of the reasons that Dr. Peter J. Zwier in Grand Rapids, Mich., recommends dental restorations.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are appliances that are made from plastic or metal. They are customized to fit properly inside your mouth. These appliances are designed for replacing one or more missing teeth to improve your bite and physical appearance. One of the advantages from dental bridges is that you don’t need surgery to replace your missing teeth. Also, with a dental bridge, you can prevent your other teeth from shifting position when trying to make up for the missing tooth.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Bridges?

However, there are disadvantages from dental bridges, including possible damage to the surrounding teeth that are used as supports for the appliances. In addition, a dental bridge will remain in your mouth, but it is often difficult to keep clean with daily brushing and flossing. This can lead to having halitosis, gingivitis, or tooth decay. In addition, you will need to visit our dental office twice to receive your dental bridge.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are used for a variety of reasons, such as covering a worn or broken natural tooth. If you have a large cavity, then a dental crown can protect the underlying tooth to provide a sturdy biting surface. There are two types of dental crowns, caps and full-size crowns. Caps are made to fit over the natural tooth, but a full-size crown is used to replace a missing tooth. These are beneficial for covering discolored, damaged teeth or for covering implants.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Crowns?

The main disadvantage of getting a dental crown is that the tooth for the crown will need to be prepared for the crown. This involves filing the tooth down and shaping it so that the crown can easily fit over the tooth. This is irreversible. Dr. Zwier will go over all of the advantages and disadvantages of crowns with you during your consultation appointment. The risks and benefits should be taken into account, but dental crowns are a very popular and safe restorative method.

How Long Do Crowns and Dental Appliances Last?

Dental bridges and crowns will require replacement occasionally, and the devices have different life spans that depend on where the items are located in the mouth and how well you care for the restorations. By caring for the crowns or bridges, they will last longer, and if you notice a problem, then it is a good idea to seek a repair right away rather than waiting until the devices totally degrade. Dr. Zwier will go over how to care for your crown or bridge during your consultation. Both of these methods have many benefits, depending on the type of restoration needed will ultimately be the deciding factor in which method is best for you.

What are the Benefits from Dental Bridges and Crowns?

There are multiple benefits from crowns and bridges that include:

  • Improving your appearance
  • Keeping a filling in place
  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Hiding discolored teeth
  • Restoring a broken tooth
  • Protecting a weak tooth
  • Correcting a tooth’s size or shape

To learn more about why you should repair your damaged teeth with dental crowns, or alternatively, why you should replace your missing teeth with a dental bridge, contact Dr. Peter J. Zwier.