Dentist Dr. Osborne from Legacy Ranch Dental explains bridges
Dentists recommend bridges when you have one or more missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth typically cause remaining teeth to rotate or move into the empty spaces which can lead to a bad bite. It can also cause periodontal disease which is associated with many life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants that surround the empty space. At Legacy Ranch Dental, your bridges are custom-made and we make sure that your bridges are barely noticeable so your smile remains intact.
Legacy Ranch Dental explains crowns and their relationship to bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, typically made of porcelain, that are placed on top of a tooth. When decay is really advanced, dentists have to remove a large part of the tooth and a traditional filling won't do the trick. That's when a crown is placed to restore the tooth. At Legacy Ranch Dental in Frisco, dentist Dr. Osborne uses crowns to improve a patient's appearance, shape and alignment. Here are specific situations for crown use:
- To replace a large filling
- To restore a fractured tooth
- To protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- To cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- To attach a bridge
- To cover a tooth that has had a root canal
How are crowns and bridges made and how long do they last?
A tooth has to be reduced in size and shaped to accommodate a crown or bridge. A cast and impression are made and sent to a dental lab so you can get a custom-made crown that's a perfect fit for your teeth and mouth in general. At Legacy Ranch Dental in Frisco, we provide patients with a temporary crown or bridge until the permanent ones are created at the lab.
Legacy Dental Ranch explains how to care for crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges can last a lifetime if you take proper care and good oral hygiene. It becomes even more important to brush and floss regularly. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth holding it become weaker due to bad dental health or periodontal disease. Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne suggests you avoid chewing hard foods, ice or any hard objects to ensure long-lasting crowns and bridges.
Visit Legacy Dental Ranch in Frisco, Texas for your dental crowns and bridges.