Aesthetic Crowns and Bridges
Dental bridges replace missing teeth by “bridging” the gap between two remaining teeth. There are several options for bridges or aesthetic crowns to fill gaps in teeth.
With traditional bridges, also called fixed bridges, we create a pontic, or false, tooth with a dental crown on either side. We then fit the crowns over the remaining teeth to hold the false tooth in place.
To design a bridge, we reshape the supporting teeth to make room for the crowns. We then make a mold of the teeth. This mold is then sent off to our laboratory, where the actual crowns and bride are made.
Aesthetic crowns can also be used to improve appearance and function. Like a crown that is applied to a damaged tooth, this sort of crown should be designed for functional purposed but with a greater aesthetic appearance in mind. For best results, porcelain crowns are recommended for the translucent qualities that allow us to simulate the appearance of natural teeth. This is an important factor in both aesthetic crowns and bridges.
With proper oral hygiene, bridges can last ten years or more. However, improper or infrequent brushing and flossing, irregular dental visits, and excessive sugar and starch intake can all bring untimely damage to the bridge.