Comparing Crowns, Veneers, And Dental Bridges

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Dental restorations are a common way for dentists to help enhance the appearance of the smile or address certain health and function concerns. Some of the more common dental restorations used by our dentists at New Smiles Dental in Sherwood, Oregon, are dental crowns, dental veneers, and dental bridges. Our team can help you determine which restoration is best for your unique needs. Let’s talk about each of these dental restorations to find out more about how they are used to improve oral health.

  • Dental crowns. Dental crowns are highly recommended to patients who have extensive damage that has occurred to the natural tooth. This includes severe cavities or trauma. Dental crowns are essentially porcelain “caps” that are made to fit over the exposed tooth to offer an extra layer of protection after covering them entirely. Restorations such as crowns made from porcelain are fabricated at an outside dental laboratory and made to match the patient’s existing teeth to blend in seamlessly with the smile.
  • Dental veneers. Dental veneers are one way for patients to cover the imperfections of their smiles. These thin facings are also custom-made using porcelain and bonded onto the front of the tooth. This hides issues such as gaps, crooked teeth, or permanently stained teeth near the front of the smile.
  • Dental bridges. To replace missing teeth, many patients may consider the advantages of dental bridges. These dental restorations replace one or more teeth in a row that may have been lost. They essentially “bridge the gap” and help restore function, appearance, and health. They are bonded into place, ensuring they are long-lasting and easy to care for.

Which restoration is right for me?

During a consultation visit with our team at New Smiles Dental, we can make educated decisions regarding your smile when we have the opportunity to evaluate your current needs and situation. Patients considering cosmetic restorations will often lean towards the placement of porcelain veneers, while patients who need to replace missing teeth with a nonremovable restoration might consider dental bridges. Call 503-925-9595 to request an appointment at our Sherwood, OR, area office to learn more about these dental restorations and the ones most appropriate for your smile goals!


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