The Longevity of a Dental Crown or Bridge
If you have a tooth missing, failing, or in need of repair, some of the options you may be considering are a dental crown or bridge. Each of these options offers benefits to your oral health and Dr. Kenneth Edwards wants to help you navigate your options. Here's more information about dental crowns in Amherst, NH.
What is a Dental Crown?
For a tooth that has been injured, fractured, or infected beyond the scope of what a dental filling can repair, a crown may be a good solution. A crown is designed to replace your entire tooth structure while protecting your natural root. It fits over your natural tooth like a cap, and it's customized to match your existing teeth and offer all the function you had with your natural tooth. It's easy to care for as you'll be able to brush and floss like normal, and with the right home care and regular dental checkups your crown has the longevity to last for many years before need to be replaced.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a great option for replacing one or more adjacent missing teeth. Using dental crowns as anchors on your healthy teeth, a bridge literally fills in the gap left by your missing teeth with prosthetic teeth. A bridge is custom-blended to naturally complement your smile, and you'll enjoy all the function you had before. With the right care a bridge can potentially last for many years, however, it's very important to keep the anchor teeth exceptionally clean in order to ensure longevity.
Another Option to Consider
When you need to replace one or more missing teeth, a dental implant is a reliable and successful treatment that offers a lot of longevity. The secret behind their success lies in the fact that an implant replaces both your tooth and your root. A titanium post is surgically placed to replace your root, while a dental crown replaces your tooth. restoring your root helps to keep your jawbone healthy and stimulated, which is something that a dental bridge can't offer. Dental implants can potentially last a lifetime with the right home care and regular dental checkups, making them a cost-effective replacement option for the long term.
If you have teeth in need of replacement or repair, we encourage you to contact Dr. Edwards to learn more about your options.