Decay, accident, gum disease. These conditions and more may lead to dental damage and loss and the need for tooth replacement. In his Akron dental practice, Dr. Arthur Benson creates lifelike crowns and bridges to rebuild smiles and restore oral function beautifully.
Porcelain is the material of choice
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap crafted from medical-grade porcelain. It covers a damaged tooth completely above the gum line, restoring its strength and appearance and matching its neighbors in size, form, and color.
Crowns restore teeth harmed by decay, oral trauma, abscess, odd shape or size, multiple fillings, and more. In his Akron office, Dr. Benson uses crowns to:
- Finish dental implants
- Cover teeth saved by root canal therapy
- Support fixed bridgework
Typically, porcelain bridges consist of one or more replacement teeth. These pontics are anchored by crowns which cover natural teeth (abutments) adjoining the smile gap.
Getting a crown or bridge
Dr. Benson will evaluate your oral health to determine if a crown or bridge is the appropriate restoration for your unique needs and preferences. He uses digital X-ray imaging and oral impressions to formulate a care plan and to tell the dental lab how to craft the crown or bridge.
Both prosthetics involve some degree of enamel reshaping. Often, patients wear temporary crowns or bridges to normalize their smiles as they wait for their permanent crowns or bridges.
What are the advantages of dental crowns and bridges?
Both crowns and bridges restore smile functionality and personal appearance. A porcelain crown is durable--lasting 10 to 15 years--and virtually indistinguishable from its natural neighbors. Plus, a crown allows a patient to keep a tooth which may otherwise be lost to extraction.
Bridges allow the patient to smile with confidence and to bite, chew, and speak efficiently. Conventional bridges work well for people who do not have the jaw bone density to accept dental implants. These prosthetics last 10 to 15 years with good at-home and in-office care.
A crown or bridge from Dr. Arthur Benson in Akron, OH, and his team could be your solution to a less than satisfactory smile. The Oral Health Foundation states that literally millions of people in the United States wear these restorations and enjoy great oral function and smile appearance. Learn more by calling for a personal consultation: (330) 666-8757.