July 24, 2018
When you have missing teeth, it puts you at a great disadvantage. You’ll notice an inability to eat all the foods you love, a change in your appearance and even bone loss over time. Thankfully, there’s a non-invasive way to restore your smile to normal with a combination crown and bridge. Learn what each of these restoration tools is and how they work together to restore your oral function as you read on.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown is a custom-made, tooth-colored fixture that’s crafted from high-grade porcelain material. It’s used to reinforce and restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth by covering it. Additionally, crowns are used in conjunction with dental bridges (as abutments) to securely hold the latter in place.
To better understand the relationship between the two, let’s define what a dental bridge is.
A Look at the Function of the Dental Bridge
A bridge is a removable prosthetic that is comprised of two or more crowns made into one fixture. Its purpose is to replace teeth missing in a series along a single arch. Additionally, it relies on dental crowns that cover the teeth on either side of the fixture that act as anchors for the bridge to attach to using secure hooks.
Before the crowns are placed, the teeth that will serve as the abutments are shaped to allow for a proper fit. This is important to maintain the correct occlusion (bite) and appearance of your teeth.
Benefits of a Crown and Bridge Restoration
Patients who receive a crown and bridge restoration experience several benefits, which include:
- Facial Support – Your teeth depend on a healthy distribution of tension between each of them. When one or more are missing, the surrounding teeth can shift, and you can suffer bone loss. The crown and bridge prosthetic help to prevent that from happening.
- Improved Appearance – When you have a full set of teeth, you’ll also enjoy a better-looking smile. The tooth-colored restoration that’s custom-crafted to look like your other teeth aids tremendously in re-creating your natural appearance.
- Restored Dental Function – Along with achieving an improved look, you’ll also be able to eat the foods you love. Additionally, you’ll be able to digest them better with a complete set of teeth.
- Improved Speech – Another aspect of your teeth is that each of them work in tandem to allow you to speak clearly. Thus, when you have your full set restored, you’ll notice that your pronunciation of words will be much better.
Living without your teeth doesn’t have to become your reality. With the help of your local dentist, you can once again live a rich and full life. Reach out today to schedule your initial consultation.
About the Author
Dr. Brenda Gong earned her dental degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout her career, she’s remained steadfast in her efforts to grow and expand her knowledge by taking over 100 hours of continuing education annually. Additionally, Dr. Gong maintains membership in several professional organizations to help her stay abreast of the dynamic changes in the world of dentistry. She practices at Accent Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through her website.
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