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Mountain Brook Smiles
120 Office Park Drive
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
(205) 423-9140
Mountain Brook Gentle Dentist
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By Mountain Brook Smiles
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges help you maintain a healthy, aesthetically pleasing smile. Our Mountain Brook, AL, gentle dentist, Dr. Wes Samford of restorative dentistryMountain Brook Smiles, can tell you when crowns and bridges are recommended.

You've been told that your tooth could fracture

Cracks tend to grow the more pressure is put on them. If you continue to bite and chew with a cracked tooth, it will eventually fracture. Crowns, hollow tooth-shaped restorations, completely encase your teeth in a protective porcelain shell. They relieve the burden on your cracked tooth by evenly absorbing the pressure generated every time you take a bite of food. Crowns may also be recommended if your teeth have become brittle due to aging or genetics.

You had a root canal procedure or have a large filling

Both root canals and large fillings require the removal of a large portion of your tooth. Although removal is necessary to maintain the health of the tooth, the procedure weakens the tooth. Adding a crown in our Mountain Brook office ensures that you don't have to worry about a fracture in the future.

Your tooth is too short

A short tooth not only makes your smile look uneven but can also affect your bite. Your bite refers to the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth. When your bite isn't aligned properly, you may experience jaw pain, excessive enamel wear, headaches and other issues. Crowns lengthen short teeth, eliminating bite problems.

You don't like the way a tooth looks

Tooth imperfections don't have to be large to be noticeable. If the surface of your tooth is bumpy or chipped, you may feel self-conscious every time you smile. Crowns cover flaws in teeth, completely transforming your smile. They're also used to hide teeth that have become discolored or improve the shape of a pointed or crooked tooth.

You lost a tooth

Replacing a lost tooth can boost your self-esteem, making chewing easier and preventing other teeth from shifting. Bridges fill the gap in your mouth by suspending one or more artificial teeth between two crowns. The crowns slide over teeth on either side of the gap and anchor the bridge.

Would you like to find out if crowns or bridges could improve your smile? Call our Mountain Brook, AL, gentle dentist, Dr. Samford of Mountain Brook Smiles, at (205) 423-9140 to schedule an appointment.

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