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Dental Crowns Vs Dental Bridges

If you’re missing one or more teeth or some of your teeth are badly decayed or damaged then it’s good to know that there are plenty of options for tooth replacement offered by your dentist in Clacton. Missing teeth can’t be ignored since if they’re not replaced you’re likely to find that your bite is compromised, which can place limitations on your diet, and that you experience further tooth loss in the not so distant future. For this reason it’s important to visit your dentist to discuss tooth replacement options as soon as possible following tooth loss or extraction.

dental crownsTwo of our most commonly used restorative procedures are dental crowns and dental bridges so we though we’d take this opportunity to discuss what each treatment entails and who it would best suit.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are typically made from porcelain, coloured and shaped to match your other teeth. The damaged tooth is shaped and filed down in order for the crown to fit and impressions taken so that a custom crown can be made. Once your custom crown has been made it’s cemented in place over the prepared tooth and covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. A crown restores the shape, size, and strength of the tooth and improves its appearance.

Who is an ideal candidate for a dental crown?

A Clacton dentist would typically use a crown as a last ditch attempt to save a tooth that is too badly damaged or decayed to be treated with a filling, inlay, or onlay. If there isn’t sufficient healthy tooth structure left to support the crown, then extraction would be necessary.

Dental Bridges

As a private and NHS dentist in Clacton another popular restorative treatment that we use for people with one or a few missing teeth is a dental bridge. The dental bridge containing a false tooth or teeth spans the gap where the missing teeth once were and is secured by attachment to adjacent teeth at either end of the gap. The procedure involves filing down and shaping the adjacent teeth at each end of the gap so that a crown can be fitted onto each one which will hold the dental bridge securely in place. Your bridge will be custom made for a seamless finish to your restored smile.

Who is an ideal candidate for a dental bridge?

In order to receive a dental bridge it’s necessary for the patient missing one or more teeth to have a healthy tooth at either end of the gap so that they are strong enough to support the crowns that will be placed on them.

As well as the above, dental crowns and bridges can be used in association with dental implants in Clacton as alternative restorative treatments. A titanium dental implant is placed into the jawbone during surgery and left for several months to fuse with the surrounding bone and gum tissue so that it becomes strong enough to support a dental crown or other prostheses. It matches the strength of a tooth root and becomes a permanent fixture in the mouth.

Generally speaking a dental crown is ideal for capping a single dental implant where the gap is missing just one tooth while in a larger gap where several teeth are missing, then two or more dental implants will be used to support a dental bridge.

If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns, bridges, and implants, then why not book a consultation with Clacton Dental Care where we can discuss all of your dental options and see just how we can help restore your smile. Book online at www.clactondentalcare.co.uk. Or call us direct on 01255 221001.

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