Missing and damaged teeth can cause more than embarrassment. They can lead to gum disease, bite problems, bone loss, speech difficulties and can keep you from eating the foods you love.
A dental bridge will not only restore your smile to a natural-looking appearance, but it will also return it to comfort and function. A bridge is a custom-fit false tooth (or teeth). The bridge is permanently placed between two healthy teeth and is held in place by porcelain crowns on those teeth.
How do Crowns Work?
Dental Crowns are used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or cover an implant. In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can improve a tooth’s appearance. A crown can also be used on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure.
Some of the functions of a crown include:
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge is an option if you're missing one or more teeth. These gaps where teeth are missing can cause remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders.
Bridges are often used to replace one or more missing teeth. They fill in the gap where teeth are missing. They are cemented to your natural teeth or implants on either side of the empty space. As with crowns, various materials can be used to create your bridge, and we will help you make the best decision for your needs.
With proper care, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit us for a checkup twice a year.
For more information about how crowns and bridges can restore your smile, call us today at (417) 781-6322.