Crown and Bridge is a procedure that is used to address several issues in oral health care. Crowns are a covering for single teeth that are not structurally sound. A bridge spans a space with missing teeth using teeth on either end. Bridges are made from many different materials. There are all metal bridges; porcelain fused to a metal bridges or all porcelain bridges. The location of where the bridge will be in the mouth is taken into consideration when choosing the right material for the bridge. For example, if the missing tooth is located in the back of the mouth, a stronger material is necessary for chewing. In the front of the mouth, the concern is for aesthetics. Patients may prefer a bridge that is more visually pleasing.
I have a missing tooth. It doesn’t bother me.
Your teeth are always trying to move. When you have a missing tooth, the teeth around it may move to fill the space. A tooth may also move up or down and affect the teeth around it. It will begin to affect the way your teeth fit together to form a solid bite. The younger you are, the more your teeth move. The changes are subtle and happen over time.
Why crown and bridge?
A missing tooth can cause:
- Weakened bone structure
- Cracking of other teeth
- Breaking teeth
- Misalignment of teeth
- It can lead to headaches, migraines, and TMJ problems.
- A bridge can help prevent these problems.
A crown is a restoration that is like a thimble. It fits over the tooth on all sides. A bridge is used to strengthen the tooth or to make it look better. A crown is made from varying materials such as gold or porcelain or a combination of the two. A crown can be used if a tooth is decayed, broken, has had a root canal or to correct its shape for function or aesthetics.
The choice for any dental treatment completed in our St. Joseph office is patient-driven. A complete diagnosis is necessary as each patient is unique. At Foundations for Health Dental Care, our role is to discuss your options, provide you with necessary information and help you decide what is best for your situation and desires. Contact or call us today (816) 233-0142.