When are Crowns and Bridges Needed?
By By Eagle Creek Dentistry
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Is a dental bridge the ideal way to replace your missing teeth?

Are you dealing with tooth loss in Naples, FL? If so, then it’s important that you put your tooth loss treatment into the hands of a dental expert that will be able to restore your smile after tooth loss. Our dentist Dr. JW Valentine has helped countless patients regain full smiles with help from everything from dentures and dental bridges to implants. If you want a simple, fast way to replace one or several teeth in a row then a dental bridge may be right for you.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a durable framework that contains one or more false teeth. Just as the name suggests, this restoration is designed to fill or “bridge” the gap left over by tooth loss to prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment and to restore chewing and speaking.

How are crowns involved in treating my tooth loss?

When people think about crowns they often associate this restoration with protecting and preserving natural teeth after some kind of damage or injury to the tooth. While this is one way in which crowns are used, dental crowns can also be placed on healthy teeth to support and stabilize a dental bridge.

Of course, before getting a dental bridge our Naples, FL, dentist will need to examine your teeth and take X-rays to make sure that the teeth are healthy enough to support crowns and also false teeth. If your teeth are healthy and strong then you could be an ideal candidate for a dental bridge.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

The most common type of dental bridge uses crowns to support the false teeth; however, some patients may choose to get dental implants to support their bridge. Cantilever bridges only need to place a crown over one tooth in order to hold false teeth (also known as a pontic) in place.

A Maryland bridge is a more conservative approach and doesn’t require crowns in order to support the pontic; however, this type of bridge isn’t as strong or as durable as other types of bridges, so it may not last as long.

Do you have questions about getting crowns and bridges in Naples, FL? Do you want to sit down and talk over your treatment options with a dental expert? If so, call Eagle Creek Dentistry today. We are looking forward to meeting you.


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