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By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

When you have a smile problem, crowns and bridges may offer a simple solution. Your Redford, MI, family dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, uses crowns and bridges to help her patients restore, repair, and enhance their teeth.

The difference between crowns and bridges

Hollow crowns look like the parts of teeth visible above your gums. They're designed to fit over teeth that have been reduced in size during a visit to our Redford dental office. A crown covers a tooth on all four sides, making the restoration a particularly versatile option.

Bridges consist of artificial teeth suspended between two crowns. The crown portions of the bridge anchor it securely in place.

Crowns and bridges have been traditionally constructed of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, dentists also offer same-day crowns and bridges made of ceramic and resin. The crowns and bridges are created in the dentist's office rather than a laboratory for your convenience.

Crowns and bridges can improve your smile

Your family dentist may recommend a crown if you have a broken or fractured tooth. Crowns not only restore the normal appearance of damaged teeth, but they also eliminate the pain that can occur when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air. Once your restoration is cemented on to your tooth, you'll be able to chew again normally.

Crowns also strengthen fragile teeth and protect them from breaking. You may need a crown if your tooth is cracked, brittle, or if you have a large filling/have undergone root canal therapy.

Have you lost a tooth? Crowns can be paired with dental implants to create artificial teeth that function just like your lost teeth. Titanium posts implanted in your jawbone bond to the bone and take the place of your roots. The posts are connected to dental crowns to restore the visible parts of missing teeth.

Bridges can also be used to replace missing teeth. Once the crown portions of the bridge are cemented on to your teeth, you'll be able to bite and chew normally. Implant-supported bridges are also available.

Could you benefit from a crown or bridge?

Call your family dentist in Redford, MI, Dr. Mulka, at (248) 482-7020 to schedule your appointment.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
March 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Patients who need a solution for broken, badly discolored or missing teeth often find it in crowns and bridges. Dr. Laurie Mulka offers these popular restorative treatments to patients at her Redford, MI family dentistry office. Learn about the benefits of getting crowns and bridges, and how they can help give you back confidence in your smile.

About Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown covers the surface of a tooth, fortifying it and improving its appearance. Also, just as a bridge connects two bodies of land, a dental bridge connects three or more teeth. It’s made up of two crowns and a false tooth at the center to fill in the space created by a missing tooth. Crowns and bridges are two of the most common dental procedures in America—the American Academy of Implant Dentistry estimates that 15 million Americans have them.

Dental Issues Fixed by Crowns and Bridges
No matter the dental issue you’re having, there’s a good chance that a crown or bridge could be a viable solution. Here is a list of just a few problems that can be fixed with crowns and bridges:

- Tooth infections that have been treated with a root canal.
- Intrinsic tooth staining caused by medication or injury.
- A cracked tooth.
- One or two adjacent missing teeth.

Crowns are also used to cover dental implants. 

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Here are the benefits that you can look forward to when you get crowns and bridges at Dr. Mulka’s Redford family dentistry office:

- A relatively fast procedure (tooth adjustments and impressions will be taken at the first visit, and the bonding procedure will be completed at the second visit).
- A secure, perfectly sculpted dental restoration that matches the rest of your teeth.
- More comfort when eating and more confidence when smiling.
- Results that last for 15 or more years.

Consult a Dentist
Crowns and bridges help give dental patients a new, improved smile that's strong and beautiful. Call (313) 937-1520 today to discuss restorative solutions with Dr. Mulka at her Redford, MI family dentistry office.

By Laurie Mulka, D.D.S.
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Your Redford, MI dentist knows how to preserve and protect your smile with this cosmetic treatment.

While losing a permanent tooth can be overwhelming and stressful, your Redford, MI, cosmetic dentist Dr. Laurie Mulka offers a variety of options that can cater to anyone’s smile, budget and lifestyle. Learn the many benefits that getting dental crowns and bridges will Crownsoffer you and your smile.

 What are the benefits of opting for crowns and bridges?

If you are dealing with tooth loss, getting a dental bridge-- an oral appliance fixed to your teeth that uses an artificial tooth and two dental crowns--can be one of the easiest and least expensive options available to replace your missing tooth, and is particularly beneficial for those in Redford, MI with weak or damaged teeth.

  • Dental bridges can fill the gap where your missing tooth once was to restore your smile and improve your overall appearance.

  • With a brand new smile you better believe that your self-confidence in your smile will also increase. Smiling offers a variety of benefits, and with your new dental bridge you’ll certainly find yourself smiling more.

  • Since a dental bridge is fixed you won’t have to deal with removing it to clean it, like you would with dentures. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry that your dental bridges will move around your slip out while talking or chewing.

  • Dental bridges are surprisingly durable and with the proper care can last a rather long time; however, just as with any oral appliance you will need a replacement at some point. That’s why you should continue to see your Redford cosmetic dentist, Dr. Mulka, every six months for routine care and cleanings.

  • The procedure is less time-consuming or invasive than other tooth replacement options like dental implants. In only two visits you can get dental bridges versus waiting up to a year to fully get dental implants.

If you are ready to transform your smile, then contact your Redford, MI cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laurie Mulka, to schedule a consultation. Let’s find out if a dental bridge could get you a more beautiful smile.