Crowns & Bridges Fill the Gaps
Teeth that are broken, fractured or decaying are well suited for crowns because they are very durable and designed to match the shape, size and color of natural teeth. A dental crown in Jacksonville, FL is used to cover or cap a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
While individuals with missing teeth know all too well how it can adversely affect their smile, it is also important to correct the physical and dental health issues associated with missing teeth. Missing teeth can change a person’s bite (occlusion), shift their remaining teeth or cause speech impediments or TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is also an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease and a greater chance of tooth decay if missing teeth are not addressed.
Dental bridges— like implants and partial dentures—are used to replace missing teeth. Bridges fill the space of missing teeth, help maintain facial shape and restore your smile, chewing, and speaking ability. Bridges also resemble natural teeth and only take a few visits to create and apply.
There are several types of fixed or unremovable dental bridge including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Which type of bridge will be used depends on where in the mouth the bridge will be placed, whether or not you clench or grind your teeth and other factors that the Specialists at the Jacksonville Center for Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry will discuss with you. Today’s dental bridges can be fabricated from a combination of porcelain and metal, porcelain and gold or with high-strength, metal-free materials such as zirconia or alumina.
Typically, conventional and cantilever bridges require shaping of the teeth surrounding a missing tooth. Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth called a pontic. A resin-bonded bridge requires less preparation of adjacent teeth and is often used to replace front teeth, provided that the gums are healthy and the surrounding teeth do not have extensive dental fillings. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.Patient Testimonials Request Appointment