How Crowns and Bridges Can Give You a Renewed Smile
Discover how your Anchorage dentist can easily replace a missing tooth.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown looks just like a tooth-shaped cap that covers over the entire tooth to protect it from damage. Dental crowns are often recommended when a tooth is damaged or weakened by decay, infection or trauma. The purpose of a dental crown is to restore function back into the tooth and to prevent further damage.
About Dental Bridges
Your Anchorage, AK dentist will often recommend getting a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth. The main purpose of a dental bridge is to also “bridge” the gap left by your missing tooth and to help you achieve that complete smile. A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns and a pontic, or artificial tooth, which is cemented to the dental crowns to restore your smile.
Getting Crowns and Bridges
The first step your Anchorage dentist will take is to shave down the two natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These teeth will serve to anchor the dental bridge in place. Then impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to a lab, where they will custom-make your dental crowns and bridge.
Once your bridge is complete, we will secure the crowns to the nearby teeth and then cement the bridge to the crowns to give you a new tooth that looks just like a real tooth.
Caring for Your Crowns and Bridges
What makes crowns and bridges ideal is that you don’t have to change your oral care regime to properly care for your new dental work. Just treat them just like natural teeth and be sure to brush them at least twice a day and floss one a day. Furthermore, you need to keep up with your dental visits and see your Anchorage dentist every six months for maintenance and routine care to make sure everything is working as it should. With the proper care, bridges can last up to 10 years or more.
If you want to say goodbye to tooth loss then it’s time to see your Anchorage, AK dentist for help. Schedule an appointment today with Anchorage Dental Arts and get closer to attaining that full smile again.