If you are missing teeth, Dr. Talib Salim Ali and the team at Avatar Dental Care want you to know that they can help! Different options available when you are missing teeth, but Dr. Ali may recommend a crown and a bridge.
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. When patients get dental bridges, they are impressed at how natural they look. Bridges come in removable and fixed. Bridges that are removable are known as removable overdentures or partial dentures. These types of dentures have replacement teeth attached to a plastic pink base. A traditional fixed bridge is made up of a false tooth (known as a “pontic”) with crowns placed on the teeth adjoining the false tooth.
A cantilever bridge is used when there is an adjacent tooth on only one side of the missing tooth. A bonded bridge has “wings” that are attached to the back of existing teeth for support. The false teeth are attached to the framework as well.
A dental crown is a cap that fits over a tooth. When used in bridgework, dental crowns are cemented to teeth to help hold the pontic in place. Your dentist may use a crown if you have a tooth that is severely worn down, discolored or misshapen. It is used on a tooth that has serious decay or has been cracked or damaged. A crown can save a badly damaged tooth from having to be pulled.
If you have severely decayed teeth, Dr. Ali will recommend a crown instead of a filling. He will prepare the tooth, take a mold of the tooth and send to a lab for the crown. After he receives the crown in about two weeks, he will place the crown on the tooth and cement it. Crowns come in a number of materials. Dr. Ali will determine the best material to use for your situation. He also uses crowns as tops to dental implants and to restore other problems with the tooth. The cost of the crown depends on the material chosen and the laboratory fees.
If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Ali will want to perform an examination of your mouth to determine what kind of restoration would be best for you. He will check the health of your remaining teeth and your gum tissue, and also check to see how strong your jawbone is. If you have a weak jawbone, he may recommend a removable bridge, because a fixed bridge will need to be implanted into the jawbone.
The first step to getting a fixed crown and bridge is to modify the teeth that are adjacent to the empty tooth socket. This is done to make sure that the crowns will fit correctly. Then, he will make an impression of your mouth to send to a lab where they will make your bridge. When it is ready, Dr. Ali will place it and make any adjustments.
Bridges can last a long time, and they last longer when they properly maintained. They typically last five to seven years. Make sure you keep up good oral health habits: brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see Dr. Ali twice a year for your cleanings and exams.
It is especially important to take good care of your bridge because cavities can develop on the teeth that support it. Dr. Ali can show you how to floss under your bridge to help prevent cavities from forming and other ways to take care of your bridge.
Bridges are a popular restoration because they look very natural. Family and friends won’t even be able to tell that you have one. With a bridge, you can talk and smile without being self conscious, and you can enjoy your favorite foods once again.
There are aesthetic reasons to get a bridge and crowns for missing teeth. You want your smile to look its best! But you can develop serious problems if you don’t do something about missing teeth. Over time, your other teeth will start to shift. If they are misaligned, they can be harder to keep clean, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. As your teeth move your bite will be affected, which can lead to painful jaw problems. Eventually, if you are missing teeth, your gums will begin to recede because they depend on root structure for support. This will cause your jawbone to degrade. And, the longer you wait to do something about missing teeth, the more difficult and expensive it will be to correct the problem.
The cost of bridge and crowns will depend on exactly what Dr. Ali will need to do so that you can get this restoration. However, Avatar Dental Care takes many different types of insurance, and even has financing options available. We also offer discounts for senior citizens and veterans.
If you are missing teeth, Dr. Ali and Avatar Dental Care can help! Make an appointment today. Call (571) 577-8457.