Dental Restoration with Crown and Bridge repair
Permanent teeth are intended to last a lifetime. Without the necessary number of permanent teeth, everything from our smile to our level of oral function is impacted.
Tooth loss is a problem that is commonly addressed with dental bridge treatment. At SmileMoreToday, patients have the option of replacing lost teeth with conventional crown and bridge repair, or with dental implants, or a combination of the two. During consultations in our Vernon Hills office, we discuss the various aspects of each type of treatment so that the patient may choose the most suitable plan for his or her needs.
Dental bridges are designed to span the empty space where a missing tooth once was. A fixed bridge is comprised of two dental crowns, which are affixed to teeth on each side of the gap. An artificial tooth, which is fused to these two crowns, will fill the empty space, effectively restoring function and an attractive smile for many years. How long a bridge lasts, however, also depends on habits.
The better dental restorations are cared for with home care and professional check-ups, the longer they will last. This is no different than natural teeth, even though materials in crowns and bridges will not decay like natural enamel does. Dentists encourage patients treated with crowns and bridges to brush teeth at least twice a day, carefully brushing around crowns to remove unseen bacteria. Flossing is also a vital component to sustained oral health, as this is the only way to remove hidden bacteria around the gum line.
Flossing around a dental bridge may take a bit of practice because the area beneath the artificial tooth must be flossed. This task can be aided by a floss threader, which can be demonstrated by your dentist or hygienist.
Dental restoration with crowns and bridges can be optimal for many people. With proper care, the lifespan of restorations is maximized. To learn more about tooth restoration, or schedule your dental check-up, contact SmileMoreToday.