Do you know what the hardest substance is in the human body? Would you guess bone? Most people do, but the correct answer is tooth enamel.
As strong as teeth are, however, they're no match for some of the jobs they do—opening packages, biting your fingernails, chewing on ice—or for cavity-causing acid that develops in your mouth after a meal or oral habits like teeth grinding.
If you break a tooth, get a cavity, or lose a tooth to trauma or decay, dental crowns and bridges at our Ravena, NY practice will give you back your beautiful smile.
The Difference Between Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are both dental restorations that save your smile. Here's the difference:
Dental Crowns Protect Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns customized by our Ravena, NY dentist fit over a tooth to protect it after it becomes weakened in some way. You may have a cavity that's too large for a tooth filling, or you may have broken off a large piece of a tooth. An infected tooth that we have treated with a root canal also usually requires the additional protection of a dental crown.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is much more common than you might think, and dental bridges help patients in Ravena get back lost chewing function and fill the noticeable gap in their smile. A dental bridge replaces one or two teeth that are missing in the same area of your mouth. Our dentist customizes an artificial tooth to fill the open space, and it's anchored on either side by dental crowns attached to adjacent teeth.
Help or Broken, Decayed, and Missing Teeth in Ravena, NY
Every day, Dr. Henry Huang and Dr. Fei Xu help patients with broken, decayed, or missing teeth using dental crowns and bridges at our Ravena, NY dental office, and he would love to help you too.
Get started by calling Bethlehem Town Family Dental and scheduling a convenient appointment to see if a dental crown or bridge is right for you.