Dental Crowns and Bridges in Aloha and Hillsboro OR
Damaged and missing teeth not only affect the appearance of your smile and make you feel self-conscious and less confident, they also make it difficult to enjoy favorite foods and can even change the way you speak and the shape of your face.
Replacing and repairing missing or damaged teeth with bridges and crowns allows us to restore your smile quickly, aesthetically, and affordably. Your smile will look great, and your teeth will once again function like they’re supposed to.
Dr. John Smith and Dr. Ryan Smith of Smith Dental in Aloha and Hillsboro, OR will perform an examination and discuss your options with you to create a restorative dental plan that will improve your smile and make you comfortable and confident once again.
Crowns (or caps) are shells that fit over your teeth to strengthen, support, and repair them. They can be made of a variety of materials including a number of metals and ceramic. Ceramic crowns are the most aesthetic option and are best for teeth that are closer to the front and easily visible, but they do cost more than metal crowns. We’ll discuss these options with you to help you choose the crown that is most appropriate for your needs.
A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. Like crowns, bridges are made of different materials and are also available in different styles. The correct style for you will be selected based on the location of your missing teeth and the method of support for your bridge.
Bridges are held in place using crowns. If you are just missing one tooth, the crowns that hold your bridge will be placed over the adjacent teeth. If you are missing more than one tooth, you may appreciate the opportunity to place those crowns over dental implants.
Caring for Your Crowns or Bridge
Once crowns and bridges are placed, they are intended to be permanent. You’ll brush them and floss them just the way you would for your own teeth. While crowns and bridges can’t decay the way natural teeth would, plaque and tartar can still build up on them, which can lead to bad breath and gum disease.
While crowns and bridges are designed to be durable, they can crack or break if put under too much pressure. Avoid chewing on things that aren’t food such as ice, pencils, or your fingernails. If grinding or clenching your teeth is a problem, come talk to us. We have solutions.
Regular checkups at Smith Dental are important so that we can keep an eye on your dental work and make sure that it’s in good condition. With proper care, your crowns and bridges could last a lifetime, and we’ll do everything we can to help that happen.
Call today to schedule an examination and consultation with Drs. John and Ryan Smith at our Hillsboro and Aloha dental office. We’ll discuss your restoration options and create a plan that’s right for you.