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Many people dealing with damaged or missing teeth turn to crowns and bridges to restore their smiles and improve their oral health. In fact, these are two of the most common dental restorations that our Nashua, NH, dentist Dr. Farshad Pezeshki places in patients. Are you wondering when crowns and bridges are used? Learn more about these popular restorations and their benefits.

What are crowns?

Crowns are hollow dental caps that are made to resemble the crown of a tooth. They are often made from tooth-colored material like porcelain or ceramic, and are designed to cover a damaged tooth and to become its new outer layer. A crown is then cemented into place where it is strong enough to last several years before needing to be replaced.

What are the benefits of crowns?

Restrengthen a tooth: A damaged tooth is also weak, which makes it prone to further damage. Therefore, the best way to improve the durability and longevity of a tooth is to place a dental crown. Teeth that have had to undergo root canal treatment can also benefit from getting a dental crown.

Bolster your appearance: While crowns are usually used to strengthen a tooth a crown can also provide cosmetic benefits, as well. A crown can cover a misshapen, malformed, or severely discolored tooth and improve its color, shape and size.

A long-lasting restoration: Crowns are made from strong, highest-quality materials, which mean that they could last up to 15 years as long as you properly care for your restoration and maintain good oral health.

What are bridges?

A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic that is designed to fill gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss with natural-looking false teeth. In order to do this, our Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist will need to place dental crowns over healthy natural teeth. Once the crowns are cemented into place then the false teeth are cemented to the crowns to fill the gap.

What are the benefits of bridges?

Prevent teeth from shifting: One of the complications associated with untreated tooth loss is the shifting of teeth into open gaps in your smile, which can lead to crooked teeth and other misalignments that only orthodontic treatment will be able to correct. To prevent this from happening altogether, it’s important to have a bridge or false tooth placed as soon as possible after losing a permanent tooth.

Improved chewing and biting: When you lose one or more teeth you may notice that your bite may feel off. Unfortunately, this also means that some teeth have to handle more jaw pressure and chewing forces then is actually safe. Over time this can lead to fractures, cracks, and chips. By placing a dental bridge we can evenly distribute chewing forces to prevent injury.

Improved appearance: We know that having gaps in your smile can be embarrassing. Luckily, a dental bridge can be placed in as little as two appointments, which means that you can have a full, beautiful smile again quickly.

Pearl Dental Associates in Nashua, NH, wants to make sure that patients of all ages get the proper dental care they need, no matter whether they are dealing with dental injuries or they just want to schedule a routine cleaning. Call your dentist today to let us know how we can help.

InvisalignLooking for a comfortable and discreet alternative to metal braces? Many adults and teens qualify for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign aligners. Custom-made from thin, clear acrylic, these appliances straighten teeth in about a year on average. That means no hassle and no embarrassment as you progress toward your healthy, beautiful smile. Your dentist in Nashua will explain the process, helping you decide if Invisalign is your right choice.

The details on Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners have straightened smiles all over the world for over 20 years. Fashioned in computer-generated pairs numbering 18 to 30 in all, these smooth appliances snap over top and bottom teeth, shifting them into healthier positions. Straight teeth are indeed healthier because they are easier to brush and floss and are less subject to gum disease, decay, jaw joint problems, trauma, and more.

If you qualify for Invisalign, you'll enjoy appliances which are removable for meals and hygiene and which cannot abrade and irritate your mouth the way metal braces can. You wear each pair in your treatment plan for about two weeks, 20 to 22 hours per day, and then switch to the next pair as instructed by your Nashua dentist. When you're done, you'll wear a retainer to keep your teeth in perfect position.

Advantages of Invisalign

Besides treating you quickly and comfortably, the Invisalign system is highly versatile. Very complex orthodontic cases always will need metal braces, but Invisalign handles a wide variety of bite and alignment problems such as:

  • Protruding front teeth
  • Rotated and/or tipped teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth

There are no lengthy and painful adjustments, no headgear, no wires, and no rubber bands. Your appliances are incredibly thin and easy to keep clean with a mild toothpaste and a soft brush. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that clear aligners prove to be a great alternative to traditional braces and encourage people to seek treatment because Invisalign appliances are practically unnoticeable.

Is Invisalign for you?

You'll find out at a consultation with our dentist. Bring all your questions for a friendly, face to face discussion on this inventive orthodontic system. Call today for an appointment in Nashua, NH, at (603) 883-6010.