Gaps caused by missing teeth -- along with any damaged teeth in your mouth -- not only cause self-consciousness, they negatively affect your bite and the surrounding teeth. Therefore, if you have missing or damaged teeth, you shouldn't ignore them: Visit Dr. Kainaz Byramjee at K.B. Family Dental in Renton, Washington. She has the newest equipment that allows her to use both crowns and bridges to help restore your appearance, bite, and jaw alignment.
A dental crown, also called a cap, is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a damaged or decayed tooth because a filling can't strengthen or fill enough of the tooth to make it viable. Dental crowns also help improve your appearance when used to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
Crowns are made of ceramic or stainless steel. Those made completely of metal, or metal-fused plastic, tend to be stronger and are better choices for your rearmost teeth.
Both all-ceramic crowns and those made of metal-fused plastic look like your natural teeth, which makes them more advantageous for use on your front teeth.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device recommended by Dr. Byramjee when you're missing at least one tooth. Bridges eliminate rotation and shifting of the surrounding teeth, both of which are harmful to your appearance and oral health. There are two types of bridges available:
This is the most common type of bridge. Dr. Byramjee removes enamel from your teeth to make room for the bridge.
This bridge is supported by dental implants, feels just like your natural teeth, and is used when more than one tooth is missing.
While crowns cover damaged teeth, bridges cover spaces left by missing teeth. Crowns are used as abutments and help hold traditional and cantilever bridges in place. Dr. Byramjee also uses them if an implant isn't a viable method for supporting a bridge.
Whether you need a crown, bridge, or both, Dr. Byramjee and her staff at K.B. Family Dental aim to see you as quickly as possible, relieve any dental anxiety you may have, and give you an unparalleled level of personal care.
To get started, call or make an appointment online today.