Correcting Teeth with Crowns or Bridges

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?

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Dr. Johns can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Restoring Your Smile

Set up a time to talk to the team at Johns Family Dentistry 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. Our office is located in the Sunrise Medical Campus of South Hill, WA. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment to learn more.