A crown is a permanent covering that protects the portion of your natural tooth above your gum line. Crowns are strong and dependable restorations that are permanently cemented onto your own natural teeth. By strengthening and reconstruction the top portion of your tooth with a crown, Dr. Goodwin is able to preserve the roots of the teeth as well as the surrounding bone and the gum tissue.
Crowns are designed to provide strength and protection for your natural teeth, they are typically recommended when your own teeth have been fractured or broken. A crown will also be recommended when there are signs that the natural tooth is too weak to withstand forceful biting or chewing. This includes teeth that have large fillings, excessively worn teeth, and teeth that have been treated with a Root Canal procedure. Following the placement of a dental implant, a dental crown is the finishing touch that makes an artificial tooth look attractive and lifelike.
Bridges can solve the issue of missing teeth. Bridges replace gaps in your smile with artificial teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and alloys.
Bridges can be fixed, implant-supported, or removable.
A fixed bridge is created by anchoring and cementing the missing tooth to the adjacent teeth. A fixed bridge is secure and is undetectable. Oral care for a fixed bridge is like regular teeth- it requires daily brushing and flossing. This is a wonderful option if there is only one missing tooth and the adjacent teeth are healthy!
Implant Supported Bridges
For multiple missing teeth, bridges can be secured to the jaw using implants, or a removable bridge can be created. Implant supported bridges are not removable and are securely attached to the jaw bone. The implants replace the missing teeth and are undetectable. Oral care for an implant bridge is like regular teeth- it requires daily brushing and flossing.
Removable bridges are designed with clasps that anchor to healthy teeth. These clasps are visible and require the supporting teeth to be free of cracks and decay. If a patient loses an anchor tooth, the partial bridge may not be usable. A removable bridge must be taken out daily and cleaned by the patient.
With so many options, it is important to consult with Dr. Goodwin about which type of bridge is best for you.