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By Forte Family Dentistry
December 14, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

How crowns and bridges from your dentist in Berkley, Michigan can rebuild your smile.

If your smile is incomplete because of damaged or missing teeth, you need to discover what dental crowns and bridges can do for your smile. Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, Michigan offers comprehensive dental care, including crowns and bridges to rebuild your smile.

An attractive smile is an important part of who you are. If you are living with a less-than-perfect smile, dental crowns and bridges can help enhance your smile, your appearance, and your self-esteem.

A dental crown can repair a damaged and even badly broken tooth by covering the entire visible surface of your tooth, above the gumline. The overall protection keeps your tooth from breaking because the biting stress is spread evenly across your entire tooth.

Dental crowns can also enhance the beauty of your smile. A common crown material is porcelain, which is light-reflective and looks just like tooth enamel.

For back teeth, you may want a little more strength for chewing. You can choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the beauty of porcelain with the strength of a metal underlay.

When you are missing teeth, a dental bridge can replace your teeth and restore your full chewing ability. Dental bridges consist of prosthetic teeth, known as pontics, which are suspended over the space where you are missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by cementing it to the adjacent teeth, which are crowned to provide support for the bridge.

Dental bridges are made of realistic materials that can enhance the appearance of your smile. When a bridge is cemented in place, it becomes a permanent part of your smile which you never have to remove.

Dental crowns and bridges can restore and rebuild your smile. To find out more about the advantages of crowns and bridges, call Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry in Berkley, Michigan at (248) 546-2030. Call today.

By Forte Family Dentistry
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Damage to a tooth can happen in an instant. You take a bite of crusty bread and notice part of your tooth embedded in the crust or take an elbow to the face during a pickup basketball game and hear an ominous cracking sound. Luckily, it's easy to restore and protect damagedDental Crowns Diagram teeth with crowns provided by Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte.

Crowns encase teeth with a protective shell

Crowns are made of strong materials that look like your tooth enamel. Hollow porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin crowns fit on top of damaged or broken teeth after their size has been reduced slightly. Crowns are often used to restore the shape, height and width of teeth, prevent damage or even change the appearance of teeth. After your Berkely prepares your tooth, she'll make an impression of your mouth and provide you with a temporary crown that you'll wear while you wait for the dental laboratory to create your permanent crown.

Dental crowns offer several advantages

Dental crowns not only restore damaged teeth but also prevent damage from worsening. If your tooth is cracked or brittle, your dentist may recommend a crown. If you don't get a crown and continue to chew on the tooth, it may eventually fracture or break. Crowns absorb strong forces generated by biting and chewing, protecting the teeth underneath.

If your tooth has broken, a crown will restore the tooth's normal appearance. Although the addition of a crown will help you feel better about your appearance, crowns offer other important benefits, such as:

  • Better Biting: It's difficult to chew and bite when part of your tooth is missing. Crowns make the simple act of eating easy again.
  • No Cuts: The edges of broken teeth can tear the fragile tissues in your lips or cheeks. Crowns cover the edges, preventing injuries.
  • Elimination of Pain: Broken teeth can very painful if the break exposes the pulp. Crowns cover the pulp, ending your pain.

Crowns are also a good choice if you don't like the way a tooth looks. They can be used to lengthen a short tooth, conceal an oddly shaped tooth or hide a discolored tooth.

Protect, restore and enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte at (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment.