Dental Crowns & Bridges From Your Dentist in Chatham
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- Refresh your smile
- Replace missing teeth
- Eliminate bite pressure and temperature sensitivity
- Restore chewing function to an area with a missing tooth/teeth
- Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
An effective way to rejuvenate smiles and improve confidence, dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic dental devices that replace or restore one or more teeth, offering a plethora of oral health benefits in the process. Dental crowns and most bridges are fixed in place, meaning they’re cemented into position onto existing teeth or dental implants.
What is a crown?
Used as a support for a dental bridge and a “cap” for a damaged tooth, crowns are often made with porcelain materials that match the natural color of your teeth. They are also used on a dental implant to recreate a natural tooth’s function and appearance.
What is a bridge?
A prosthodontic device that ‘bridges the gap’ in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing, a bridge helps restore chewing function and a natural-looking smile effect. A bridge can also help prevent a bad bite, as well as gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can be caused by missing teeth.
Made most often from porcelain, silver, or gold materials, a bridge is cemented to dental crowns on one or both sides of the gap, with a crown (also known as a pontic) filling the space. Once your dentist has positioned the bridge in its place and ensured that it looks and feels great, it will then be permanently secured with dental cement.
How long do crowns & bridges last?
With focused, ongoing hygiene habits, these prosthodontics can last for many years! Do you have additional questions about these smile options? Call Chatham-Kent Dental today!