Crown and Bridge

Crown and Bridge

Why is it important to fill in a smile gap with a crown or bridge? The spaces left by missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, or even loosen, and result in a bad bite. Missing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, and may also affect your speech as well.

Filling In Your Smile Gap With A Crown And Bridge

At the prosthodontics practice of Dr. Gary Horblitt, we specialize in dental prosthetics, such as crowns and bridges, also known as crown and bridgework. A crown is used when too much of the patient’s tooth structure is missing, or when a root canal has been performed. The patients tooth is prepared by shaping the tooth to the specs that are needed for a perfect fitting temporary. The patient remains in the temporary crown while a custom colored porcelain crown is made. A bridge is used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth using the patients natural teeth as anchors on either side of the missing tooth, The missing tooth is fabricated as a porcelain crown attaching to the two anchor teeth. Another way to anchor a crown or bridge is with a dental implant, which is part of implant-supported restorations.

To ensure the longevity of your crown and bridge porcelain dentistry, practice good oral hygiene. Keep gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing daily. Sometimes special fluoridated toothpastes are prescribed to limit the potential for decay, and of course, visit the dentist on regular recalls.