No one ever expects that their teeth will become damaged or fall out completely, but these oral health problems still take place at an alarming rate. Tooth loss is such an extensive problem that almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth before they turn 75. For these patients, crowns or bridges can restore the 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 are false teeth that can be used to “cap” a damaged tooth or can be attached to an implant after losing a permanent 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. Our dentist will need to anchor a rod into the socket that has been left by the missing tooth so that the bone can form a bond with the rod. 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?
Also called dentures, 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 bridges are generally not quite as comfortable and require slightly more maintenance.
Much like permanent crowns, permanent bridges are attached to the patient’s skull or jaw with dental implants. The primary benefit of permanent bridges is the fact that they can be cared for in exactly the same manner as one’s natural teeth. This includes daily brushing and regular trips to our office.
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.