Whether you feel it adds character or you simply haven’t the time or inkling to [quite literally] bridge the gap, you may not know that missing teeth are more than just an aesthetic choice, they can result in myriad long-term issues that can affect your dental health. In fact, missing teeth make it harder to talk and chew your food. They also can cause bite pressure to shift to other teeth, causing surrounding teeth to shift into the gap resulting in plaque and gum infections that lead to more lost teeth. Not only that – the bone surrounding the gap can start to erode, affecting the structure and support of your mouth. With this bleak picture, it may be wise to reconsider bridging the gap with a dental crown or a bridge. Here’s what you need to know about both.
Crowns are dental devices that are permanently attached or bonded to the surrounding teeth or implants. When placed by a qualified dental professional, crowns not only look and behave like real teeth, they also improve the strength and appearance of neighboring teeth. Not only that, they can protect a weak tooth from decay, breakage and chipping and can cover a damaged, discolored or misshapen tooth with ease. Crowns can be bonded to the remaining part of a damaged tooth, or overtop an implant. Additionally, by filling the missing gap, they help maintain structural integrity of your jawline while reducing risk of losing more teeth. If you opt for crowns, expect them to be made of porcelain, ceramic, or alloy. With crowns, you are guaranteed to dramatically change how your teeth look and how you feel about your smile.
Anchored to adjacent teeth, bridges are dental devices that contain filler teeth, called pontics, made to blend perfectly with your natural teeth. Bridges are great alternatives to crowns, except to sustain the bridge, your dentist will need to grind down portions of adjacent teeth so the bridge may be attached. For those whose anchor teeth may be decayed, damaged, or weak, bridges may not be an option. Your dentist may also argue against bridges if the adjoining teeth are strong and healthy; he may not see the value in grinding them down.
Which is Best for You?
While both crowns and bridges are great to bridge the gaps where teeth once were and restore dental health. Your dentist may recommend one over the other, or he may recommend dental implants. The most important thing is that you are able to achieve a beautiful, natural smile while continuing to sustain a lifetime of good oral health.
Dentist in South Florida
At My Pompano Dentist, Drs. Andrew Browne and Joseph Thayil are experts at restoring smiles. Whether it’s crowns, bridges or implants that are right for you, know that you will be thrilled with the results. If it’s time to put a perfect smile on your face, then it’s time to call My Pompano Dentist in Pompano Beach at (954) 941-2412 or request an appointment online .