Even with advanced oral healthcare treatments and greater awareness about the prevalence of and health risks associated with gum disease, millions of Americans are estimated to be missing at least one tooth. Millions more are missing several teeth, which can take a toll on everything from nutrition and health, to confidence and self-esteem. Crowns and bridges have long been a staple of cosmetic and restorative dentistry for their versatility, effectiveness, and affordability.
Smile Restoration in Homer
Dental crowns have been a cornerstone of dentistry due to their ability to fix the most common cosmetic and oral health problems, such as broken or decayed teeth. Dr. James Bourne, a cosmetic and general dentist in Homer, AK, recommends crowns to restore broken or severely decayed teeth. Crowns (also known as caps because they are placed over the damaged tooth) can save a severely decayed tooth from extraction, seal a tooth after a root canal, replace missing teeth as part of a bridge or dental implant, and improve the cosmetic appearance of broken or permanently stained and discolored teeth.
Crowns can also be used to correct certain types of stains and discolorations. Typical professional and over the counter teeth whitening treatments remove surface stains, but trauma and the side effects of certain medications essentially stain the teeth from the inside out, making bleaching agents and gels ineffective in whitening the teeth.
The average dental crown lasts for at least ten years, often longer. They are a minimally invasive, long-term, and affordable option for upgrading and improving the entire smile.
Find a Dentist in Homer
For more information on how dental crowns and bridges can help to improve the cosmetic appearance and function of your teeth, contact Eagle Dental by calling (907) 235-8574 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bourne today.