Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 23, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have a damaged tooth or if you’re missing one or more teeth, you may not be sure what will be the best option to restore your smile. Crowns and bridges can help repair your teeth and can help replace any missing teeth you may have. Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, can explain how crowns and bridges can help restore your smile and the benefits they have.

The Advantages of Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges from your dentist in Holland, MI, can repair your smile in more ways than one! When crowns are used alone, you can repair a damaged tooth that has been destroyed by tooth decay. A crown sits on top of your damaged tooth and covers it to protect it from any further damage. A crown is custom-made to match your teeth in shape and size and is durable enough to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.

When you use crowns and bridges together, this is a viable form of tooth replacement. A crown is attached to a bridge and is used to help keep your completed smile anchored together. This is also a viable way to replace multiple teeth with a simple solution with one procedure. Bridges can be permanent or removable and you can choose an option that works best for your lifestyle.

Crowns and bridges can be made of multiple materials and depending on the material that you choose, you may be able to choose a material that looks completely natural and matches the shade of your natural teeth.

Contact Your Dentist Today!

There are many options to repair your smile! Contact Dr. Todd Brower at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, to learn more about crowns and bridges and how you can repair damaged teeth or replace missing teeth. Call (616) 399-3600 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
December 16, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Is a failing tooth threatening your oral health? What about that gap--would you like to fill it and smile, bite, and chew as you used to? At Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Todd Brower offers beautiful porcelain crowns and fixed bridgework to complete smiles, making them strong and functional. Come to our Holland, MI, office for a visit with this experienced dentist.

What is a dental crown?

Used for decades to cover, support, and enhance the appearance of a decayed, weak, fractured or infected tooth, a crown features tooth-colored porcelain and exceptional crafting techniques. In his Holland office, Dr. Brower recommends crown placement as a superior alternative to extraction and its smile-damaging consequences. If you have received dental implants, crowns will restore those as well.

To receive a crown, your dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth first. If it's infected, you may have a root canal procedure first to remove the inflamed pulp and strengthen it with a rubbery sealant. Once your tooth is stable and shaped to receive the crown, Dr. Brower glues it in place and adjusts the bite and fit.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that spans a smile gap created by the loss of one or more teeth. Conventional bridges are composed of pontic, or artificial, teeth and two or more crowns. These crowns affix to teeth adjacent to the smile gap.

Depending on circumstances, your dentist may select a cantilevered bridge attached to natural teeth on a single side of the smile gap. Alternatively, a Maryland bridge attaches the pontic teeth with metal wings bonded to the tongue-side of natural teeth.

Finally, Dr. Brower offers implant-supported bridges. One or more implants carry the artificial teeth and actually improve your bone structure and gum tissue.

What do you need?

Anyone who has lost teeth needs the best possible tooth replacements. Bridgework and crowns help your oral function, facial appearance, and self-confidence. Plus, if you have been symptomatic, these restorations eliminate the pain, sensitivity, and other discomforts associated with failing teeth.

Contact us to learn more

At Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, Mi, Dr. Todd Brower wishes the best of oral health and smile aesthetics for all his patients. For more information on improving your smile with crowns and bridges, see your dentist for an in-office consultation. Phone us today at (616) 399-3600.