Should I Consider Crowns and Bridges?
Many people consider dental work a nuisance. A missing tooth is a missing tooth, they believe, and that is that. However, did you know that a missing tooth actually causes more harm to your mouth once it is gone? Crowns and bridges can fill the gaps left from missing teeth, providing you with a happy, healthy smile.
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap made from porcelain which fits over a broken, cracked, filled or otherwise compromised tooth. The crown strengthens and stabilizes the tooth, restoring functionality. If a tooth breaks down to the root, it oftentimes must be extracted. Crowns keep that from happening. Bridges fill the gap left behind from a missing tooth. Crowns can also be used to secure permanent fixed bridges. Crowns on either side of a prosthetic tooth create a bridge across the gap, where the prosthetic tooth sits. Crown-supported bridges are non-removable and permanent. Additionally, crowns may cover a dental implant, which replaces the tooth’s root.
Should I consider crowns and bridges?
If you have a weakened tooth, whether from a large filling or breakage, you can benefit from a dental crown. Dentists’ number one focus in restorative dental work is saving your natural tooth. Crowns restore strength and stability to the tooth and help you avoid losing the tooth altogether. If you are already missing a tooth, a bridge reduces the chance of bone loss due to lack of stimulation. Additionally, a bridge keeps the surrounding teeth from moving to compensate for the missing tooth.
Caring for Your Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are made to last. With proper care, your crowns or bridges should last for upwards of 20 years without needing any repairs or maintenance. However, these dental appliances require diligent care. Brushing and flossing twice a day knocks away decay-causing plaque and tartar. If you have a bridge, special flossers threaded underneath the bridge clean the gums and underside of the bridge itself. Twice a year appointments with your dentist ensures we catch any problems that may arise before they develop into more serious issues.
For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Phil Hart, DDS in Bartlett, TN. Call (901) 386-9299 to schedule your appointment for a consultation.