You might not know it, but you have many options for replacing a missing or damaged tooth. One of the common ways that Dr. Ronald Schoepflin, your dentist in Port Orchard, Washington, restores teeth is through the use of crowns and bridges. These dual restorations have been around for many decades, and their success is well-documented. Dr. Schoepflin explains how crowns and bridges work in this post.
What is a crown?
Crowns are dental restorations, which means that they're meant to replicate the look and function of a normal tooth. A crown, which is hollow in the middle, accomplishes both of these by fitting over a natural tooth that your Port Orchard dentist has prepared. Crowns are made from measurements taken through x-rays and impressions and can be made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. When used in combination with a dental bridge, crowns strengthen the natural teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth, allowing the bridge to stay stable for many years.
What is a bridge?
When a natural tooth is missing, it leaves an unattractive and uncomfortable space. Bridges from your Port Orchard dentist fill these spaces so you can eat and smile normally again. The bridge portion of this restoration, called the pontic, looks like a crown but isn't hollow in the center. It's attached to both crowns with a bonding cement and the entire device is carefully matched to blend in well with the color of your natural teeth.
If you have a missing tooth and you think your smile might benefit from a crown and bridge, contact Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, Washington today! We'd be glad to set you up with an appointment to discuss your options for filling in your smile beautifully!