Bridging the Gap Between a Healthy and Unhealthy Smile

Bridging the Gap Between a Healthy and Unhealthy Smile

Bridges and crowns are both great tools to help improve your smile if you have cracked, chipped, missing, or damaged teeth. While new techniques like dental veneers and bonding are available, traditional methods such as bridges and crowns offer stronger, more efficient results.

Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are fixed onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are very common and used to “cap” or completely cover up a damaged tooth or implant. Bridges on the other hand, are similar in the sense that they are attached to your existing teeth or implants but serve a different purpose. Bridges are used to cover the space left behind by a missing tooth or teeth.

Outside of being able to strengthen a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve the appearance of your damaged or missing teeth. Not only that, but they can help with your teeth alignment and dental occlusion (bite). When you have gaps in your teeth, it can cause your other teeth to shift, resulting in a misaligned bite.

Bridges and crowns can be a great option to help improve the quality of your smile and boost your self-esteem. While they can last a lifetime, having bridges and crowns do not exclude you from still needing to practice good oral hygiene and taking care of your teeth. You should still brush and floss regularly, take care of your gums, and see your dentist regularly.

If you are interested in having a bridge or crown installed, or if you have any questions regarding these procedures, schedule an appointment with us today. We will be happy to sit down and discuss what the right course of action is for you moving forward.

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