Crowns and bridges are fixed, prosthetic devices used to treat missing or weakened teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, crowns and bridges are permanent.
What is a crown?
A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth that is weak or damaged in some way. They are used to fix imperfections within your teeth and to protect your teeth from any further damage. Crowns can also be used to cap off dental implants and root canal procedures. Crowns can also be placed on healthy teeth on either side of a bridge, serving as an anchor and cementing the dental bridge into place.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a replacement option for people who are missing one or more teeth. The bridge is a fake tooth that is anchored to dental crowns placed on remaining healthy teeth. Bridges are permanent solutions and are cemented into place. Once placed, you can chew, speak, and eat normally.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Missing teeth cannot go on ignored. If you are missing teeth, your oral health can start to deteriorate, fast. Missing teeth can lead to the shifting and movement of the remaining teeth in your mouth, meaning your smile can become crooked and your bite can become misaligned. Missing teeth can also lead to jawbone deterioration and increases your chance of disease and decay within your mouth. A dental bridge can help prevent all of these issues and restore the look and function of your smile.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
With a dental bridge, it is important to brush, floss and keep up with your oral health care practices. It is also crucial to continue with your semi-annual check-ups and hygiene appointments. This will allow us to keep an eye on your device and to catch any potential problems in their early stages. Tooth decay and gum disease can be problematic for your bridge, so it is important to brush and floss consistently.
If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you want to learn more about this appliance or simply want to explore your tooth replacement options, call our office today at (614) 882-6741 to set up a consultation. We will review your oral health and medical history to see if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.