Crowns and Bridges

If you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth, you might feel self-conscious about showing your smile. But there is more to it than pure esthetics.

A damaged tooth that is not repaired might end up becoming a missing tooth. A missing tooth that is not addressed might put your surrounding healthy teeth at risk. A dental crown or bridge can restore your smile—and protect your oral health.

Talk to Dr. Bharwani about whether or not you need a dental crown or bridge to repair your missing or damaged teeth.

Crowns

A tooth that is cracked or has developed deep decay might benefit from a dental crown. When a damaged tooth is too far gone for a filling, a crown is often appropriate. The restoration will completely cover the tooth structure and strengthen and protect it from further damage.

Dental crowns are almost always used after a root canal procedure. When your dentist removes the infected pulp of the tooth, the tooth structure that is left becomes brittle and weak. A dental crown strengthens it, giving you back the form and function of your tooth so you can chew properly again.

Dental crowns can also be used cosmetically in situations where teeth are oddly shaped or discolored. They can also be used to hold a dental bridge into place.

Crowns are sometimes a component of dental bridges.

Bridges

When teeth are missing and they are not replaced, this affects your smile as well as your self-confidence; people might even make unfair judgments about you. It might also be more difficult to speak or chew properly.

Did you know you are also putting yourself at risk for even more tooth loss?

Some people think that one missing tooth isn’t a big deal—especially if it is in the back of the mouth where most people won't even notice it. But leaving a gap in your teeth will cause your other teeth to drift over to fill in the empty space. Over time, this can contribute to a multitude of problems, including bite issues, teeth that are unduly worn, gum disease, and TMJ issues.

A dental bridge is a common restoration that fills in the empty space left in your mouth by attaching to natural teeth, or dental crowns, on either side of the gap. A bridge is made to match your natural teeth and will blend in seamlessly. It will also protect your teeth from shifting and enable you to speak and chew normally.

Caring for Crowns and Bridges

It’s a good idea to go easy on your restoration in the first few days after receiving it. But after your dentist cements it into place, you can care for restorations much like you would your natural teeth.

Be sure to brush and floss diligently as both are susceptible to decay near the gum line. See your dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings to ensure your crown or bridge is functioning as it should. Dr. Bharwani is pleased to provide comprehensive dentistry that is predictable and long-lasting.

Call GB Dental today to find out more about crowns and bridges or to schedule your regular examination and cleaning!