If your teeth are cracked, broken, or missing, you might wonder how you’ll ever smile again. Shalini Mandapatti, DDS, and the expert dentists specialize in complex procedures, restoring your smile with dental crowns or bridges at Allright Dental in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Using the highest quality materials and latest techniques, the team creates tooth restorations that look and feel natural. If you need to restore your smile or replace missing teeth, contact the Allright Dental team by phone or use the online form.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over your existing teeth. They are often made of porcelain, which can look as natural as your real teeth. You may need a crown if your teeth are:
Your dentist may also place crowns on healthy teeth to hold a dental bridge in place or if you have missing teeth. The team also uses crowns to protect and seal your tooth after a root canal procedure.
If your tooth is cracked or damaged, the bacteria in your mouth can travel through the fissures and infect the inner part of your tooth, known as the pulp. The pulp is filled with highly sensitive nerves. Tooth infections can travel down into the root canals and infect your gums, bone, and even create a dangerous systemic infection known as septic shock.
A crown, therefore, is more than a cosmetic fix for a broken or decaying tooth. It restores function to your damaged tooth and protects your entire body from infection.
Bridges are a span of prosthetic teeth that are attached to a crown at either end. If you get a bridge, your Allright Dental dentist must reshape the teeth on either side of the gap (known as abutment teeth) to place the porcelain crowns. Bridges come in various types, including:
Fixed bridges — only a dentist can remove
Removable bridges — you can remove for cleaning
Implant bridges — bridges attached to surgically placed dental implants
Resin-bonded bridges — bridges attach to abutment teeth without crowns
The prosthetic teeth used for bridges are usually made of natural-looking porcelain, alloys, or gold (for back teeth).
If you have one or more missing teeth but aren’t missing an entire arch, a dental bridge is a cost-effective way to replace your teeth and restore oral function. If you don’t replace missing teeth, your other teeth shift out of alignment and you start to lose jawbone density in the area where the teeth are missing.
A bridge does more than restore your smile. It also restores your bite so that you can chew properly, avoiding excess stress on your jaw. Replacing your missing teeth also protects your gums, jawbone, and body from infection.
If your teeth are damaged or missing, contact Allright Dental by phone or use the online form for a crown and bridge consultation.