If you have a tooth that needs to be restored or you are missing teeth that need to be replaced, you might not realize that your options today are very natural looking. Gone are the old days of dental crowns and bridges that don’t mimic the look of your natural teeth and, even worse, show gray metal either in the appliance itself or where it meets your gum line.
Your Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce dentists Drs. Arturo and Maria Ricard are happy to offer all-porcelain dental bridges and dental crowns that show no gray metal and look completely natural.
Uses for All-Porcelain Dental Crowns
Dental crowns, commonly known as “tooth caps,” are used in both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Our office uses dental crowns for teeth that are:
- Cracked, broken, or chipped
- In need of restoration after a root canal
- Weakened by decay
If you need to replace missing teeth, then dental crowns can be used either as part of a dental bridge or as part of a dental implant.
At Ricard Family Dentistry, we offer all-porcelain crowns to our patients. These types of dental crowns are not only the most natural-looking option available, but they also have the advantage of not being impacted by temperature fluctuations that happen in your mouth. They also provide a long-lasting, practical, functional solution to teeth that are missing or damaged.
Our porcelain dental crowns are crafted by our laboratory according to our specifications. The lab will size, shape, and color the crowns to perfectly match your surrounding teeth.
Uses for All-Porcelain Dental Bridges
A dental bridge uses crowns to hold replacement teeth in place. The crown “caps” are placed over the teeth adjacent to the bridge and used as an anchor for the new artificial teeth.
Although they are not quite as durable as dental implants, dental bridges still provide a strong foundation for replacement teeth that look and function much like your natural teeth. They are also an excellent option if you do not have enough bone density in your gums to support a dental implant.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
There are many reasons missing teeth need to be replaced, and only one of those is the aesthetics of missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin to shift out of place. This causes a number of problems, including initiating changes in your face and even in the structure of your jaw. One missing tooth left untreated will generally lead to more missing teeth. It is important that when you have one or more missing teeth you address the situation sooner instead of later.
By using all-porcelain crowns and bridges, we can replace your missing teeth, restoring the form and function of your smile effectively and quickly.
If you would like to learn if dental crowns or bridges could improve your smile or bite function, please contact Ricard Family Dentistry in Fort Pierce today to schedule a consultation.