Patients in Lemoore, CA ask about the purposes of crowns and bridges

Thanks to advances in dentistry, there are many ways to restore health and beauty to the smile. Dental bridges can restore missing teeth and dental crowns can protect and strengthen teeth. Missing teeth can increase the risk for tooth decay and gum disease as well as affect the ability to chew, bite, and speak properly. Dental crowns can be used to treat severely decayed teeth or preserve broken teeth. Patients in Lemoore, CA and the surrounding areas can find dental bridge and dental crown treatment at Hanford Family Dental Center in Hanford. Caring dentist Dr. Nikunj Raiyani and our team believe in patient education and we are happy to explain the purposes of dental crowns and dental bridges.

Dental crowns explained

Dental crowns are caps placed on teeth. We provide porcelain dental crowns, which are strong, durable, and blend nicely with natural teeth. We can place dental crowns on teeth after root canal treatment or attach them to dental bridges. Dental crowns protect teeth with fractures or damage.

Dental bridges explained

We provide fixed, cantilever, and resin-bonded dental bridges. Fixed bridges include artificial teeth (pontics) that are nestled between dental crowns. We place the crowns on adjacent teeth to secure dental bridges. Cantilever bridges are used to replace teeth on one side of a gap. Metal bands on adjacent teeth keep resin-bonded bridges in place. The bands, which are bonded to the teeth by using composite resin, anchor the artificial teeth.

Properly caring for dental crowns and dental bridges

After treatment, we will explain proper aftercare for either restoration. With excellent oral hygiene habits, dental crowns and dental bridges can last a decade or more. Therefore, it is critical to keep the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy by brushing at least twice a day and flossing before bedtime. Maintaining dental check-ups at least twice a year is another way to maintain your oral and overall health.

Do you want to learn more about dental crowns or dental bridges? Dr. Raiyani will be happy to talk with you during a consultation. Schedule an appointment by calling our friendly team at (559) 530-8080 today.

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