Crown & Bridge Restoration in Boston from Arch Street Dental
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While preventive dental care can protect the health of your smile, accidental damage and decay combined with daily wear can still compromise the overall health of your smile. For patients with damaged teeth, Arch Street Dental offers dental crowns and bridges as a means of restoring health and function to your smile.
Restore Damaged Teeth with Porcelain Crowns
In cases where a natural tooth has been damaged but can still be saved, Boston dentist Dr. Eka recommends the application of a dental crown. Made of highly resilient porcelain or ceramic, crowns sit above damaged teeth, sealing the tooth and preventing bacteria from entering the vulnerable inner pulp chamber.
Given the comprehensive coverage provided by crowns, this restorative treatment is often recommended for patients who have undergone root canal therapy. Likewise, patients who have cracked a tooth can also benefit the structural reinforcement provided by porcelain crowns.
Replacing Teeth with Bridges
In other instances, teeth may be severely compromised by recurrent tooth infection or tooth decay, and it may be more beneficial to remove the teeth in question. In these cases, our Boston dentist may recommend the use of a bridge rather than a crown.
Similar to crowns, bridges are made of porcelain, providing a natural looking restoration to your smile. However, whereas crowns cover damaged teeth, bridges are designed to replace damaged or missing teeth. There are several different types of bridges, each of which attach to the dentition in unique ways:
Traditional Dental Bridges: Prosthetic teeth, also known as pontics, are attached to dental crowns and placed on healthy teeth adjacent to the damaged or missing tooth. As the pontics are secured on both sides, this bridge can be used to replace a number of missing or damaged teeth.
Cantilever Bridges: Pontics are supported by a crown which is then placed on only one of the neighboring teeth. As there is only one connection to the dentition, cantilever bridges are most effective when used to replace a single missing tooth rather multiple teeth.
Maryland Bridges: Rather than relying on crowns to secure the pontic to the smile, Maryland bridges are held in place by a metal frame, which is bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. As healthy teeth do not need to be altered to support crowns, this option is considered a more conservative bridge option.
Implant-Supported Bridges: For patients looking for a more permanent bridge option, dental implants can also be used to support multiple missing teeth. During this process, implants are strategically placed based on the number of teeth that need replacement. In contrast to traditional bridge options, implant-supported restorations preserve neighboring healthy teeth, protecting the overall wellbeing of the dentition.
Find the Right Restoration with our Boston Dentist
At Arch Street Dental, our goal is to provide patients with solutions that precisely address dental needs. To learn more about crowns and bridges, contact our Downtown Boston dental practice today and schedule your appointment with us.