It is not uncommon for adult dental patients to lose teeth as a result of dental trauma, gum disease, or unaddressed tooth decay. No matter what the reason for loss of your teeth it is important that you work as quickly as possibly to replace the missing tooth or teeth. If you fail to repair your smile in time, your surrounding teeth may shift or become damaged.
There are many options available for repairing tooth loss including implants, dentures and crowns and bridges. Whether you’ve lost one tooth or several teeth, the professionals at O’Brien Dental Care can evaluate your smile and help you determine which restoration is right for your unique situation.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges fill gaps in your smile by using the surrounding healthy teeth to anchor false teeth across the opening created by tooth loss. If healthy teeth are not available immediately near the gap in your smile, dental implants can be used to anchor the bridge. Dental bridges can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges can be made to attach permanently to your other teeth or to be removable. Removable bridges can be removed and cleaned similar to a denture device, while permanent bridges would have to be removed by a dentist for semi-annual cleanings.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are used to cover damage to natural teeth, to cap off the metal roots of dental implants or to fill gaps across the middle of dental bridge. Crowns are synthetic devices that are made of ceramic or porcelain. Crowns are typically very strong and durable against chipping, staining and other damage. Dental crowns are custom-made devices that can be made to match the shape, size and color of your nearby, natural, teeth.
How Do I Care for My Dental Crown?
Crowns are constructed of synthetic materials, and therefore require regular care and careful maintenance. With regular brushing and cleanings at the dentist, your dental crown should last 10 years or longer. It is very important to also floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding may significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
If you are interested in learning more about treatment with a dental crown or bridge contact O’Brien Dental Care for a consultation today.