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If you have teeth that are missing or damaged, you might feel self-conscious about showing your smile. When you avoid smiling, this can negatively impact your entire mood, and it can even cause people around you to form judgments that may not be accurate.
What you might not also realize is that if you are missing teeth, feeling embarrassed about it is only part of the problem. You might be putting your healthy teeth at risk if you don’t fill in the gap that has been left behind.
You don’t have to live with missing or damaged teeth; there are simple but permanent solutions available at your dentist. Talk to Dr. Yang Hua of Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud to find out how dental crowns or bridges can fix your teeth so you can smile again with confidence.
Dental Crowns Can Repair Your Damaged Teeth
One of the most common uses for dental crowns is to repair a molar that has a substantial filling in it. Fillings don’t last forever; eventually, they might fracture or separate from the tooth. This means bacteria can get into the space, creating a host of other issues—unless it is repaired.
Because the initial decay was already significant, much of the tooth has already been removed to make room for the filling. There just isn’t enough tooth structure left for a new filling. A dental crown “caps” the damaged tooth after the old filling has been removed. A dental crown, which is made to match your other teeth, looks completely natural and will protect the remaining tooth structure for years to come.
Other uses for dental crowns include strengthening the tooth structure after a root canal. Because the procedure involves removing the pulp of the tooth, the remaining tooth can become brittle. A dental crown makes it durable, and you will be able to chew normally.
Dental crowns are also used cosmetically to repair a tooth that is severely discolored or otherwise damaged.
Dental Bridges Can Replace Gaps in Your Smile
If you are missing one or a few teeth, it might be tempting just to let it go. Particularly if the gap in your smile is in the back of your mouth where it might not be as noticeable, your instinct may be to simply ignore it.
But the problem with not filling in the space left by missing teeth is that you are putting your healthy teeth at risk. When there is a space in your mouth, your remaining teeth will begin to shift. Eventually, your bite will be off, and you will start putting undue wear on your teeth. This can ultimately lead to the loss of even more teeth.
A dental bridge is a permanent replacement that is connected to two crowns placed on those teeth adjacent to the empty space. The prosthetic teeth on the bridge are made to look like your natural teeth, so it blends in seamlessly. This permanent solution means you can chew and speak normally—and you are protecting your remaining teeth.
Call Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud to Find Out More
You don’t have to live with damaged or missing teeth when there are solutions available. Give yourself something to smile about—and protect your healthy teeth—by repairing your smile with a dental crown or bridge. Talk to Dr. Hua about a treatment plan today!