Crowns & Bridges
Missing multiple teeth or even a single tooth can have a significant impact on your appearance, your oral health, and even your ability to talk, eat, and drink properly. Thankfully, you don’t have to live with an incomplete smile.
Simple prosthetic devices called crowns and bridges can be used to replace your missing teeth, restoring your appearance. And unlike traditional dentures, crowns and bridges are permanent, which means you don’t have to worry about them loosening or shifting.
If you’re a candidate for a crown or bridge, we’ll first need to prepare your mouth for the procedure. That involves reducing the size of teeth that will be covered and making a mold of the space where it will be installed to create an exact fit.
After the mold is complete, a temporary device is first fitted to the teeth or space where the crown or bridge will be installed. The last step involves removing the temporary device and permanently affixing the crown or bridge inside your mouth.
Choosing Between Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are similar in that they’re both designed to restore smiles and replace broken, chipped, or missing teeth. However, they have some notable differences as well.
Crowns are most often used to:
- Replace fillings when significant tooth decay is present
- Protect teeth that are likely to break or chip
- Enhance structure and stability of broken teeth
- Improve appearance of discolored and malformed teeth
Bridges, on the other hand, are used to completely replace one or more missing teeth. Although both devices are important both functionally and aesthetically, patients who need bridges require more urgent assistance from dentists. When teeth are missing, other teeth can immediately begin rotating and shifting to fill the empty space. But when a bridge is installed, the surrounding teeth are more likely to remain in place.
Both crowns and bridges are made with ceramic and porcelain, and they’re designed to look and feel incredibly similar to real teeth. When properly cared for and maintained, they can last a lifetime and require little to no specialized upkeep from a dentist.
Restore Your Smile. Contact Willow Chase Dentistry for Crown and Bridge Work
The biggest benefit to crowns and bridges is that they’re permanent and designed to last for a lifetime. However, that also means it’s important to get an experienced dental team with a track record of success to take on your dental procedure to avoid potential complications or revisions in the future.
Willow Chase Dentistry has helped many patients restore their smiles with crowns and bridges, and we’ll give you the individualized care and attention you deserve. Contact us today to set up an appointment.