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By Dr. Stephanie ML Wong, DMD, Inc.
February 03, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Do you want to restore your smile? Do the options seem overwhelming and you are not sure which way to go? Stephanie Wong, D.M.D in Honolulu wants to help you make the best decisions possible when it comes to restoring your smile.

Two options that can be considered when restoring your smile are a crown or a bridge, but how do you know which is best for you? CrownsHere are some important facts to know about both options.

Crowns

A crown is also called a cap. A crown fully covers a damaged tooth to the gum line. You may need a crown when the tooth has become weak, fractured, discolored, or is misshapen. A crown can be used when the tooth can be saved. A crown can be made of a variety of materials, including: porcelain, ceramic, gold, or other metal alloys. A crown placed on a tooth will strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance.

When you have a crown placed, Dr. Wong will reduce the tooth down to leave behind the healthy part of the tooth. Next, she will take an impression of the tooth so the crown can be made to blend in with your natural teeth. While the permanent crown is being made, you will be given a temporary crown to wear. Once the permanent crown is ready, your temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be cemented onto your tooth.

Bridges

A bridge may be recommended when your damaged tooth is beyond repair or when you are missing one or more teeth. When you have a missing tooth or teeth, the remaining teeth in your mouth begin to shift which will result in a poor bite alignment. The missing teeth can also result in gum disease and TMJ disorders.

When you have a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap will be reduced down so crowns can be placed on them and the replacement tooth or teeth will be attached in between. Unlike dentures, bridges are permanently fixed in your mouth. Bridges are made out of the same materials as crowns.

Both crowns and bridges can last a lifetime with proper care. Brush and floss your teeth regularly and continue to see your dentist for regular check-ups.

Choosing a crown or a bridge will largely depend on your unique needs. Dr. Wong will fully examine your mouth and discuss with you the best options for restoring your smile. In Honolulu, call her today at (808) 732-3072!

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