The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
July 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Crowns and bridges offer numerous benefits. When used in conjunction with one another, crowns and bridges make it possible to restore dental-crownsyour smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. Crowns and bridges also restore the ability to bite and chew food with ease, while taking the strain off surrounding teeth that had been compensating for missing ones. At Schoepflin Dental Excellence, Dr. Ronald Schoepflin and Dr. Scott Smith are your dentists for crowns and bridges in Port Orchard.
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How Crowns and Bridges Work

Crowns and bridges can be used to securely replace multiple missing teeth all at once. Bridges helps close the gaps between teeth where other teeth are missing, while crowns help hold bridges securely in place. A crown is positioned at either end of a dental bridge. Each crown fits over a natural tooth and holds the bridge in place. In the middle of the bridge are pontics, which are the artificial teeth that fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Your dentist for crowns and bridges in Port Orchard can determine if crowns and bridges could work for you.
 

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

There are several benefits associated with crowns and bridges. A primary benefit is that they restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. Another benefit is that they are secure. Since crowns hold the bridge firmly in place, you do not need to worry about the bridge slipping out of place or falling off. In addition to these benefits, crowns and bridges offer several others, such as improving speech, reducing strain on surrounding teeth, and restoring the natural contours of the face.

Several problems can result when teeth are missing, but filling in the gaps with crowns and bridges helps correct these problems. One outcome of having missing teeth is that there is less support for facial muscles, which can result in drooping and sagging and cause a person to look older. Replacing missing teeth with crowns and bridges can reduce sagging by providing additional support for facial muscles.

Speech can also be affected when teeth are missing as the tongue slips into the gaps when speaking. Filling in those gaps with crowns and bridges helps correct placement of the tongue when speaking. Another adverse outcome of having missing teeth is that the remaining teeth can sustain extra wear and tear as they compensate for the missing ones. Restoring your smile with crowns and bridges helps distribute biting and chewing functions more evenly across a full set of teeth and reduce the extra strain on certain teeth.

The benefits of crowns and bridges are numerous and a dentist can help you decide if a bridge with crowns is the right tooth replacement option for you. For crowns and bridges in Port Orchard, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schoepflin or Dr. Smith by calling Schoepflin Dental Excellence at (360) 871-2959.

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