Missing or severely damaged teeth can have a significant impact on your life. First, there are the changes to the appearance of your smile. Living with gaps and broken teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious.
Then there are the problems you’ll experience with food. Chewing and biting become difficult, and you may need to choose your meals carefully. Additionally, your dental problems might affect your ability to speak and leave you open to infection.
Crowns and bridges are great options for repairing a damaged smile. But what are they?
Here’s a brief guide that explores everything you need to know about using crowns and bridges to restore your teeth.
Crowns can either completely cover a badly damaged tooth to restore its appearance and protect it from further damage, or we can place them on top of dental implants to complete a full restoration. We also use crowns to hold dental bridges in place.
The crowns we place are custom-made for you. They’re durable and lifelike. In fact, once they’re in position, nobody will know they’re not the real thing!
If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth, a bridge can fill the gap. There are several types of bridges; however, they all consist of replacement teeth supported by your remaining natural teeth.
We’ll design and craft your replacement teeth to look perfectly natural. They’ll be bonded to crowns that cap healthy neighbouring teeth. Once placed, your bridge will seamlessly match your smile.
Traditional dental bridges include a replacement tooth attached to the teeth on either side. Your supporting natural teeth are both capped with crowns. Alternatively, you could have a cantilever bridge. These are supported by a single crown.
Maryland bridges are made of porcelain fused to a metal frame. The metal framework is bonded to your healthy teeth on either side.
The different bridge options each have their own benefits. During your initial consultation, we’ll assess your teeth to determine which type of bridge we should use.
Crowns and bridges restore the natural appearance of your teeth. We use natural-looking porcelain, and all our restorations are crafted to match the size, shape, and colour of your natural teeth. The way your crown or bridge looks will help rebuild your self-esteem.
Restoring your teeth makes eating easier. When you have a crown or bridge, you can chew confidently and enjoy mealtimes again.
Replacing or repairing missing and damaged teeth will help prevent further potential health issues. Gaps in your teeth leave you open to dental drift. This is where your neighbouring teeth move gradually into the space leaving you with a crooked or gappy smile. Additionally, gaps can increase the risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
Crowns and bridges are durable, and with the right amount of care and attention, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last for at least ten years. But, like your natural teeth, it’s important to look after them.
Regular dental hygiene is at the heart of good care. Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, as well as using dental floss and mouthwash, are all important steps in caring for your natural and replacement teeth. Bacteria and food debris can build up around crowns and bridges, which could cause problems for your gums and natural teeth.
We also suggest having routine dental checkups to ensure your smile is always healthy. During these appointments, we’ll look at your replacement teeth and check for wear and tear or problems that could affect them.
Finally, remember that although they are durable, your replacement teeth aren’t indestructible. Avoid biting or chewing anything too hard, and your new smile will last for many years to come.
At Harley Private Dental, we can restore the look and function of your teeth using beautifully-crafted crowns and bridges. If you have missing or damaged teeth, call us today to schedule a consultation.Back to Blog
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