Crowns and Bridges
Missing and damaged teeth are a problem. They can cause pain, emotional distress, and even malnutrition. It’s best to repair or replace teeth that are no longer functioning as they should be. Depending on your situation, you might need restorative dental work, such as a crown or bridge.
At Fall Creek Dental, we offer treatment that will restore the function of your smile. Don’t wait to take care of missing or damaged teeth as they can lead to other problems. Dr. Tony Pilgrim can explain to you how a dental crown or bridge can restore the form and function of your smile.
Sometimes, repairing a tooth requires more than a simple filling. A crown might be necessary when teeth are fractured, cracked, or damaged by a large cavity or decayed area. Crowns are also used to cover teeth that are extremely worn. A dental crown will save the natural tooth and reinforce the tooth structure.
We might also recommend a crown for teeth that are broken or severely discolored. After a root canal, crowns are recommended to strengthen the weakened tooth structure. Crowns are also used to create dental bridges for missing teeth.
Dr. Tony Pilgrim provides his patients with custom-made, high-quality crowns that are similar in structure to your natural teeth. The crown will be fabricated to match the surrounding teeth so it will blend in beautifully.
In addition to making chewing and speaking more difficult, there is a social stigma attached to having missing teeth. Like it or not, we live in a culture that puts an emphasis on appearance. If you have gaps in your smile because of missing teeth, you might find yourself being unfairly judged by others.
It is also important to take care of spaces in the mouth left from missing teeth. Left alone, your healthy teeth can start to shift. Ultimately your bite will be impacted, which can lead to the loss of more teeth.
Bridges are a connected series of crowns that are used to fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. These artificial teeth are crafted from state-of-the-art materials to perfectly mimic the appearance of your own natural teeth. Once the bridge is placed, it is virtually undetectable.
Caring for Crowns and Bridges
Designed to be long-lasting, these permanent restorations are not subject to decay like your natural teeth, but plaque and tartar can still build up and put you at risk of developing gum disease. It's also possible to develop a cavity where the restoration meets the natural tooth surface, so it’s important to care for crowns and bridges properly.
Care for your restorations as you would care for your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Continue to visit our office twice each year for examinations and cleanings. This will also enable Dr. Pilgrim to check the condition of your crown or bridge to make sure it is in good shape.
Call Fall Creek Dental today to find out more about crowns and bridges or to schedule your regular checkup!