Salinas Crown & Bridge
If you’re missing teeth as the result of an accident, injury, or disease, you don’t have to live with the gaps and spaces forever. In fact, it’s vital that missing teeth be replaced as soon as possible to avoid more significant damage, such as shifting and jawbone loss. For patients with missing teeth, a crown and bridge can return your smile to its natural state.
What is a Crown and Bridge?
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) attached to one or more neighboring teeth prepared with a dental crown or crowns. A fixed bridge comprises three basic elements: the false tooth or teeth and two supporting crowned teeth. If there are no healthy teeth available adjacent to the bridge, a metal anchor, known as a dental implant, may be used as an alternative to stabilize the bridge.
A crown and bridge accomplishes the following:
- Enables you to chew and speak normally
- Restores natural occlusion (bite)
- Eliminates shifting of other teeth
- Relieves stress on remaining teeth