Wondering how crowns and bridges can benefit your smile?
Prevention is key to keeping a healthy and happy smile. Simply adopting good hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly, and eating healthy can go a long way to preventing problems; however, accidents happen, no matter how cautious we try to be. When some of these issues arise you may need to turn to our Smyrna, TN, dentist Dr. Kevin Gurley for dental crowns or bridges.
What are dental crowns and bridges?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped artificial cap that goes over a damaged tooth to improve function and resilience. A dental crown can also be used to improve a misshapen or discolored tooth. Dental crowns are also placed over dental implants to replace a missing tooth.
A dental bridge is solely designed to replace a missing tooth. To keep the rest of your natural teeth from shifting into the space where your tooth used to be, our dental team will place a dental bridge. This oral appliance is often cemented to your natural teeth to keep it firmly in place. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end of the prosthetic that is placed over natural teeth that surround the gap in your smile. In the middle of the bridge is a pontic, or replacement tooth, which is designed to look just like a natural tooth.
When would my dentist recommend dental crowns?
There are several reasons why our Smyrna, TN, family dentist might recommend getting crowns and bridges. The top reasons for a dental crown include,
- Protect a tooth from further damage or fracturing
- To restore function to a fractured tooth
- To place over a dental implant
- To hide a misshapen or severely stained tooth
- To place over a tooth that’s also had root canal therapy
- To anchor a dental bridge in place
If you are missing a single tooth but have healthy natural teeth to support an oral prosthetic, then our dental team may recommend getting a dental bridge.
How long do dental crowns and bridges last?
Both restorations are designed to last years; however, accidents do occur that may require repairs or completely new appliances. There are steps you can take to ensure that your crowns or bridge last a while: maintain good oral hygiene, eat a smile-friendly diet and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. On average, most dental crowns can last up to 20 years without repairs and dental bridges can last up to 15 years with the proper care.
To learn more about getting dental crowns and bridges from our Smyrna, TN, general dentist Dr. Gurley, call Smyrna Dental Group at (615) 355-6800.