Living with missing teeth can be difficult, and some people might not want or be eligible for oral surgery. In these cases, a combination of dental crowns and bridges can restore your teeth, improve your oral functions, and increase self-confidence.
Dental crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth, which is why they are sometimes referred to as “caps.”
While porcelain crowns can certainly improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, they are usually recommended only for restorations – not simply for cosmetic purposes.
Like dental implants, we use dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Bridges can be composed of one or multiple false teeth, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill open gaps in your smile. Fixed bridges can last over 10 years and are permanent fixtures in your mouth.
Installing a dental bridge is typically completed in two visits. First, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which they’ll send off to a lab where a technician will cast it into a mold. You’ll be given a temporary bridge in the meantime. On your second visit, the dentist will fit this mold, and we’ll make any necessary corrections or adjustments.
This method replaces a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the gap.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
This restorative method includes artificial teeth and gums held in place by a metal frame.
These bridges are the most common and literally bridge the gap by securing a false tooth using crowns on either side.
Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause:
With a combination of crowns and bridges, these risks are much less likely. As an added benefit, you’ll feel much more confident knowing that you have a complete, beautiful smile.
Dr. Nabors can help you determine if crowns and bridges are the right restoration method for your smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.