There are many risk factors that can lead to tooth loss, such as gum disease, injury and various other reasons. Thankfully, modern dentistry has come a long way and there are many ways you can go about replacing missing or damaged teeth. While there are many dental options that can replace or improve teeth, we are going to focus on dental crowns and bridges.
What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Both dental crowns and bridges are knowns as fixed dental prosthetics appliances. They are placed by cementing them to the affected tooth, or in some cases, to a dental implant. The dental prosthetics consists of false teeth in the middle and one or more anchoring crowns on either side of the space. Unlike alternative dental appliances, such as dentures, dental crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dental professional. The upside to this dental treatment is that it doesn’t typically require oral surgery.
How Do Crowns and Bridges Work?
Dental crowns are used to cover the entire damaged tooth, and are a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. Dental crowns fit just like you natural tooth because it is created from an impression of your teeth. Porcelain crowns are the most popular option. After a crown is placed the tooth is much stronger and lasts longer as well. As far as bridges go, they are recommended if you have one or more missing teeth. Bridges are cemented to either your natural tooth or a dental implant. Just like crowns, the material used to create dental bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. You dentist can help you decide which option best fits your individual case.
Are Any Benefits?
There are many benefits that come along with replacing missing teeth with dental crowns and bridges. They can improve alignment, appearance, bite and shape of teeth. Empty spaces between teeth can result in your teeth shifting, which can cause a bad bite. Crowns and bridges can help prevent this from happening.
If you would like more information regarding crowns and bridges, contact Berry Hill Dentistry at 516-921-1717 today. Or visit our website at www.berryhilldentistrypc.com for additional information.