When it comes to missing or damaged teeth, bridges and crowns present two of the most effective options to restore your smile. At The Dental Way in Bergenfield, New Jersey, the accommodating team excels in cosmetic dentistry services like bridges and crowns. Whether it’s chips, cracks, or gaps, they can help bring the shine back to your smile. To set up a consultation, call or use the online scheduling tool today.
Bridges refer to a prosthetic tooth, or set of prosthetic teeth, that literally “bridges” a gap formed by missing teeth. They are made according to impressions taken at The Dental Way office by your dentist. With modern advances, bridges now can be made to match the shape, color, and function of your natural teeth.
A crown is a cap, typically made out of durable porcelain, that is used to protect teeth have become damaged or are vulnerable to damage. Here are some common reasons for using a crown:
Crowns, like bridges, match the shade of natural teeth and don’t detract from your smile; they enhance it.
Both bridges and crowns are made using impressions of your teeth taken at the office. They also both require two office visits.
At the first visit, your dentist takes the impressions and sends them off to a dental lab where your custom-made appliance is produced. Then, at a follow-up appointment, your bridge or crown gets placed.
Crowns are bonded onto your affected tooth with a special, strong dental adhesive. Bridges, on the other hand, are carefully bonded to surrounding teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth act as anchors to provide your bridge with stability.
Bridges and crowns both improve smiles affected by damaged or missing teeth. Beyond that, both also address a variety of oral health issues.
When you’re missing teeth, neighboring teeth become susceptible to harmful shifting, which can lead to bone loss and gum disease. By filling the gaps left by missing teeth, bridges prevent this shifting and also restore lost facial volume. Since your jaw becomes used to supporting a full set of teeth, losing any teeth can cause facial drooping that bridges can fix.
Chips, cracks, and fractures, besides negatively impacting your smile, can worsen and cause you to lose teeth. Crowns not only enhance the appearance of damaged teeth but also prevent further issues. Both appliances also help with functions like chewing, speaking, and digesting.
How long your new bridge or crown lasts depends on your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly, as well as maintaining checkups and cleanings at The Dental Way office ensures that your bridge or crown will last a long time.
With proper care, there’s no reason your bridge or crown shouldn’t last at least 10 years. Again, neglectful oral care can shorten that lifespan.
To learn more about bridges or crowns and to find out if one may be right for you, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment.