When the surface of a tooth is damaged, a crown can be placed over the remaining tooth structure in order to protect it and restore its strength. Unlike other restorative dental options which must be periodically removed from the mouth, crowns are permanently attached to the teeth. This makes them a very effective solution for restoring your ability to bite and chew.
In order to receive a “bridge”, the patient must have two healthy teeth on either side of a missing tooth gap (or, alternatively, two dental implants). Two abutments are cemented onto teeth on either side of the missing tooth, and a false tooth, called a “pointic”, sits in between them and fills the empty space.
Both crowns and bridges have several pros and cons. Our Salisbury cosmetic dentists will help you understand the best option for your particular smile and budget.
Missing Teeth: More Than a Cosmetic Issue
One question we often receive from patients is, “do I have to replace a missing tooth?” The answer is, “yes!” A missing tooth impacts far more than just your appearance. Missing teeth can cause:
- A change in occlusion (bite) or alignment
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
- Speech impediments
- An increased risk for periodontal disease
- A greater chance of tooth decay
Although many patients worry about the way missing teeth make them look, as dentists we are far more concerned with how your overall oral health is affected. In summary, if you have a missing tooth, make sure to request an appointment with our office today.