For those looking to perfect their smile or simply improve it due to some irregularities, a dental crown and / or a bridge can do wonders in restoring your smile.
Restoration of smile and creating a smile are two completely different things. When creating a smile, a dentist usually makes use of braces along with a couple other methods to create a smile for their patients. On the other hand, when restoring a smile, the dentist usually makes changes or modifications to the already existing teeth placement.
The two most used methods to restore your smile being used today are dental crowns and bridges. The first, a dental crown is a sort of a cap for your tooth that can hide imperfections and give the impression of a new, clean teeth. Often times, a dental crown can make the difference between a good or bad smile. Depending upon your dental condition, you may require either only a single crown or multiple crowns. When should you consider a dental crown? Here are a few things you should ask yourself:
- Are my teeth uniformly coloured? If not, use a crown on the discoloured teeth.
- Are any of my teeth broken, dented or decaying? Is so, consider a crown.
- Are any of my teeth misshaped? If so, consider a crown.
A dental bridge can be a single of multiple tooth/teeth that can fill up gaps or replace broken or decayed teeth. These bridges, often made of polished porcelain, can be used to complete your smile. Restoration using dental crowns is one thing but using a bridge is used both for restoration as well as completion of you smile in case you have lost any teeth over the years (no matter what the cause). These dental can be colour matched to your other teeth and no one other than your dentist can tell the difference between a real tooth and a porcelain replacement.
Depending on your budget, you can get all kinds of crowns and bridges. As a general rule of thumb, do not expect to pay an unfair amount for restoration of your smile. However, the exacta cost of these (mostly cosmetic) procedures can vary depending upon your dentist and place of residence.