While the appearance of the teeth is one of the most important contributors to facial beauty, it is possibly the most often neglected when improvements to appearance are sought. When an accident or medical condition affects the appearance of your teeth, restorative procedures are often the only way to bring back a beautiful smile. Restorative Dentistry refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. Once your dentist has examined your teeth and has evaluated your dental and medical history, they will be ready to provide a diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Le uses numerous methods to conservatively restore your teeth and help you obtain optimal oral health. Please call our office, Kim Le D.D.S,M.S., with any questions you may have about the benefits of restorative dentistry.
Crowns, also known as caps, restore damaged teeth. A crown covers a tooth and mimics the shape, size and color of he surrounding teeth. Crowns are indicated for cracked teeth and teeth with deep cavities; to protect teeth that have been filled by root-canal treatment; to provide extra support for bridges; and to cover poorly shaped or colored teeth. Crowns may be made of metal, porcelain, or newer restorative materials. They are custom-made and fitted for each patient in conformation with the patient’s bite, and the size and length of the natural teeth. Crowns typically last five to eight years, but can last much longer with proper oral hygiene.
– Bridges –
A bridge stabilizes the bite of a patient who is missing one or more teeth. Bridges prevent the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth. A missing tooth that is not replaced may cause surrounding teeth to become unstable and require removal or make the teeth harder to clean, compromising oral health or change the shape of a face and diminish the beauty of a smile. Unlike partial dentures, bridges are permanent; patients cannot remove them. There are three main kinds of bridges. In a traditional bridge, the pontic (“false tooth”) is fused between the two crowns of the abutment teeth on either side. In a Maryland bridge, a metal band (hidden from view) binds the pontic to the abutment teeth. A cantilever bridge is necessary when there is an abutment tooth on only one side of the pontic. Maryland bridges work best when the teeth are front teeth adjoining healthy teeth that do not have large fillings.
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