According to the findings of a national survey conducted by the Health Policy Institute (HPI) for the American Dental Association, the main reasons many Americans give for putting off or skipping a trip to the dentist are for concerns over affordability, and how much time might be required for appointments and follow-up treatment.
In addition to the potentially serious implications to oral health, skipping dental treatment also means that many people are unnecessarily living with fixable cosmetic imperfections like stains, discolorations, chips, cracks and even missing teeth. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott at Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI recommend crowns and bridgework to help restore missing and damaged teeth.
Smile Enhancement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI
A dental crown, which is literally a "cap" designed to resemble the color, texture and function of a natural tooth, is placed over a tooth that has become significantly worn down through decay. Crowns are also used to restore teeth broken or severely chipped in an accident or through a sports injury. For missing teeth, the restoration is attached to two crowns on either side to secure the restoration in place, creating a "bridge." Crowns are also used to strengthen teeth that have become severely weakened and damaged through infection and tooth decay.
Covering the remaining healthy portion of a vulnerable tooth with a crown can prevent an extraction and help to preserve the tooth's root and as a result preserve the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, all of which are essential factors in good oral health. Crowns and bridgework can generally be completed in two office visits, depending on the circumstances of each case. Once in place, crowns look and feel just like natural teeth, giving new life to an otherwise damaged or incomplete smile. They can also improve nutrition and general health in situations where missing teeth have made it difficult to eat.
Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Ann Arbor, MI
Dental crowns and bridges are among the most affordable and effective treatments available for a wide range of cosmetic and general dentistry problems. For more information on the dental restoration treatment that is best for you, contact Walcott Dental by calling (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment today.