Crowns and Bridges in Elk Grove Village, IL
If you have teeth that are significantly decayed, are weakened by extensive filling, or are cracked or broken, dental crowns provide an opportunity to save the tooth. If a tooth is too damaged to save or you have lost teeth because of trauma, a bridge can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth with natural-looking prosthetics that function like your own teeth.
Dental crowns provide a natural-looking way to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted. While teeth are strong, they can be damaged in a number of ways. Teeth that are cracked or broken are painful and can make it difficult to enjoy food and even speak. If you have a tooth that is injured and hurting, you may try to chew on the other side of your mouth, which can increase the pressure on that side and cause your other teeth to erode faster than normal. Eventually, you may wind up with more dental problems and even lost teeth.
Modern dental technology allows us to make dental crowns that are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. Our office is pleased to offer crowns that are completely free of metal. Older crowns used a metal base, and the result was an easily identifiable dark line right at the base of the gum line. Unfortunately, this meant that everybody could tell if you had a crown or a bridge. With non-metal crowns, you no longer have that dark line, meaning that the only people who know you have a crown are your dental team and anyone you choose to tell.
To place a dental crown, the affected tooth needs to be shaped in such a way that the crown can be placed over it. This allows the crown to fit comfortably and snugly in your mouth. Once placed, your crown essentially becomes a part of you. You care for your crowns in the same way you care for your own teeth, brushing and flossing as directed by Dr. Advani and returning to our office for regular examinations and cleanings.
Missing teeth often lead to many of the same problems as cracked and broken teeth. Additionally, over time the actual shape of your face may change as the bone in your jaw atrophies from lack of use. Several options are available to replace your missing teeth. One that has been popular for years is the dental bridge.
Unlike dentures or partials, the dental bridge is fixed in your mouth using crowns on existing teeth or dental implants. Like crowns, we are now able to make bridges that are metal-free for improved aesthetics. Dental bridges restore the functionality that is lost when you have missing teeth and give you a beautiful smile, free from gaps.
Call our office today to schedule a consultation and examination with Dr. Advani and find out more about crowns and bridges and how they can help you.