Our teeth are not only responsible for the first stage of digestion and helping us to form words properly, they are also a big part of our overall aesthetic. Having decayed, broken or missing teeth can take all the dazzle out of your smile. Even worse, people will sometimes make snap judgments about you based on your teeth, perhaps thinking you have deplorable hygiene. In reality, tooth problems can happen to anyone, even if you are very clean and healthy. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, crowns and bridges may be good options to restore your smile in Virginia Beach. Call us today to learn more!
Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
Unless it is a secondary molar in the extreme rear of your mouth, a missing tooth can be painfully obvious. You may find yourself covering your mouth with your hand when you smile or laugh, or you may adopt a close-mouthed smile that can come off as insincere. Chewing with a missing tooth can also be quite uncomfortable, as harder foods may poke at the exposed gums. A bridge attaches to the remaining teeth and holds an artificial tooth in place. They are very hard to distinguish from natural teeth and make chewing much more comfortable.
Crowns to Repair Teeth
If you have a broken or badly decayed tooth, a crown may be used to save it. A crown usually covers and protects a root canal, in cases where the roots of the tooth were healthy and salvageable but the top portion of the tooth was heavily damaged. A crown is affixed tightly to the base of the natural tooth and it’s nearly impossible to tell it isn’t a natural tooth. Chewing and speaking remain unaffected.
After Bridges and Crowns in Virginia Beach
If you don’t have any bad habits, there is very little you will need to change about your behavior after receiving a bridge or crown. You will need to pay close attention to flossing and inspecting your teeth closely in the mirror, watching for damage or changes as always. If you do have bad habits such as smoking, you should stop as soon as possible. If you are in the habit of chewing ice, pens, plastic straws or your own fingernails, you should also work to stop these habits immediately.
If you have missing, broken or badly decayed teeth, a crown or bridge may be just the solution to restore your smile. Call or contact us today to schedule an appointment in Virginia Beach. We are committed to helping all of our clients have healthy, radiant smiles for life and look forward to working with you.