While dental bonding is initially less expensive than porcelain restorations, it tends to break down and discolor over time and will need replacement. For this reason, porcelain restorations, like dental crowns and bridges, are usually more cost effective over time.
About Porcelain Crowns
A dental crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Before applying a crown, decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared surface. A crown is made from the mold impression and is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the tooth.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns:
Porcelain offers a fine alternative to other tooth restoration materials. Made to perfectly match the shade and shape of your teeth, it’s durable, it’s strong, and it’s virtually undetectable.
Crowns are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are created in a laboratory. This protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of a skilled dentist, a crown will fit almost perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the crown and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the crown.
About Porcelain Bridges
A dental bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. An artificial tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills in the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared area. The bridge is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the teeth, effectively creating the appearance of a “new” tooth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth. By filling the gap and stopping the movement of other teeth, a fixed bridge is an excellent investment, providing better chewing ability, heading off jaw joint problems and saving money that might otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.
Improve Your Smile with a Porcelain Crown or Bridge
Dr. Sparkman and his team understand the difference a healthy smile can make for your lifestyle and well-being. If you are interested in improving your smile with a porcelain crown or dental bridge, call Dr. Sparkman’s office at 770-396-8061 or Contact Us Online today.