At Smiles of West Point, we help patients make the most of their smiles. This often means keeping your natural teeth. But if you have severe decay or damage, your teeth may not look, and function like you want them to. Furthermore, you may have to have a tooth extracted or already have missing teeth. At our dentist's office in West Point, we offer dental crowns and bridges to rejuvenate your smile and dental health.
Keeping your natural teeth is beneficial because they stabilize your jawbone. The roots support your facial structure and normal biting force.
But the part of the tooth that’s visible above the gums can get compromised. Sometimes, there’s not enough enamel to support a filling. If you have lost most of your tooth because of decay or an accident, you can still keep the root in place. However, you’ll need to protect it.
Crowns are used to cap the root or cover a dental implant. They strengthen the tooth as well as preserving its appearance. Because crowns restore the optimal shape of the tooth, they can also be used on teeth that have eroded over time.
Dental crowns surround your existing tooth with a solid structure. That’s why they’re often used to anchor bridges
Dental crowns surround your existing tooth with a solid structure. That’s why dentists often use them to anchor bridges.
A dental bridge is a series of artificial teeth that replaces one or several missing teeth. They’re usually connected to crowns, which are placed on the adjacent existing teeth to secure the apparatus.
However, dental bridges can also be secured by implants. In this case, a biocompatible metal rod is surgically inserted in the gums. After it heals, it is covered by a crown to provide a functional chewing surface. This also gives the bridge something solid to attach to.
Smiles of West Point offer a few types of bridges, including the following:
• Traditional fixed bridge – The artificial tooth is attached to crowns that cover existing teeth on both sides.
• Cantilever bridge – The artificial tooth is attached to a crown on one side.
• Resin-bonded bridge – Often used for front teeth, this uses wings to connect to the existing teeth on both sides.
• Implant-supported bridge – The artificial tooth is attached to crowns that cover implants on both or one side.
We start every relationship with an initial exam and consultation. During your first appointment, we will assess the condition and structure of your teeth, providing information and options for reconstruction.
If you opt for dental crowns and bridges, we will take impressions of your teeth to create the replacements. This enables us to create artificial teeth that look completely natural and fit comfortably and securely.
We will also prepare the adjacent teeth. This process will take longer if you are also getting implants. We will provide you with a temporary bridge to wear as you wait for the permanent one to come in.
You’ll return to have the permanent bridge affixed. At this time, we’ll ensure that it feels comfortable and provides you with full function of your mouth.
It takes a few weeks for a dental bridge to settle. We will provide you with full instructions for the best outcomes. After you have fully adjusted, you should be able to eat normally.
The best way to care for your dental crowns and bridges is to follow the instructions that we provide. Come back to Smiles of West Point for regular cleanings to extend the longevity of your smile.
To book an appointment, contact Smiles of West Point today!