While tooth loss may indeed make a person self-conscious, there are many other consequences happening behind the scene, so to speak. Just one missing tooth can have an impact on the rest of your oral health as well as your general health. To prevent trouble, Dr. Kogan and Dr. Romano can rebuild your smile with a crown and bridge.
In and of itself, tooth loss is a problem. Even worse, however, are the other problems that may follow. For example, did you know that tooth loss can increase your risk for periodontal disease? The two stages of this bacterial infection—gingivitis and periodontitis—have both been linked to other medical conditions including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, respiratory illness, and depression.
In addition, missing teeth can cause the nearby teeth to shift out of alignment. This can lead to teeth grinding, headaches, and ultimately the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. By replacing missing teeth with a crown and bridge, you can avoid these and other health problems and also enjoy the pleasures of a full smile.
Dental crowns, also called dental caps, cross the boundary between restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. As protection for a tooth that is severely decayed or damaged, a dental crown restores both form and function. Made out of ceramic materials, a crown is also cosmetically attractive and blends in with the natural color and form of your other teeth.
In the case of a dental bridge, crowns are used on either side of missing teeth to hold the bridge in place.
Just as the Saugatuck River Bridge spans the river in Westport, so does a bridge in your mouth span the gap in your smile. A bridge is comprised of one or more false teeth that are bonded to the crowns Dr. Kogan or Dr. Romano attach to the abutment teeth on either side of your missing teeth. The crowns and bridge arrive from our dental lab in one piece. Once cemented into place, this prosthetic is not removable. You will care for your crown and bridge just as you do your other teeth—with daily brushing and flossing.
Placing a crown and bridge restoration typically requires two appointments at the Dental Center of Westport. At the first, Dr. Kogan or Dr. Romano prepare the abutment teeth, takes an impression, and places a temporary crown and bridge. In a couple of weeks, you’ll return to our office to have the permanent restoration cemented in to place. With your new crown and bridge, you’ll be able to eat, smile and laugh with ease and confidence.
Would you like to learn more about having a crown and bridge from the Dental Center of Westport? Call us today with your questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kogan or Dr. Romano. We’re committed to creating happier, healthier smiles with exceptional restorative service.