No one expects their teeth to become damaged or fall out, but these problems still take place at an alarming rate. Tooth loss is an extensive problem. Almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth before they turn 75. For these patients, correcting these teeth with crowns or bridges can restore their smile and protect the remaining teeth after chips, cracks, tooth decay and other forms of damage have taken place.

    What are Dental Crowns?

    Dental crowns can be used to “cap” a damaged tooth or can be attached to an implant after losing a tooth. If the dentist determines that a crown should be used, they will take impressions of the patient’s teeth. What makes crows so unique is the fact that they are custom-made for every patient. They will match the size, shape and color of the surrounding teeth.

    Attaching a crown to an implant is a slightly more complicated process. First, an implant is placed into the socket that has been left by the missing tooth. Once the implant bonds with the bone, a post (abutment) and a crown are placed. On average, crowns will last for around 15 years, but some patients have been able to keep their crowns for 20 years or longer, depending on the situation.

    What are Bridges?

    Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by actually “bridging” the gap between the remaining teeth. All bridges are either classified as permanent bridges or removable partial dentures. Removable partial dentures are often used if the patient’s remaining teeth and gums are not healthy enough for dental implants. These removable bridges are generally not quite as comfortable and require more maintenance.

    Much like permanent crowns, permanent bridges are attached to the patient’s jaw with dental implants. The primary benefit of permanent bridges is that they can be cared for in exactly the same manner as natural teeth. This includes daily brushing and regular cleaning visits.

    Restoring Your Smile

    Set up a time to talk to the team at the Dental Implant Center to see if crowns or bridges are right for you. Getting a beautiful and healthy smile may be much less complicated than you once thought. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment to learn more.

    You can reach us by phone Monday-Thursdays at 214-956-9100