Once mainly metal-based, crowns can now be made out of all-ceramic materials. This gets rid of the black-line that is sometimes evident with these restorations due to the metal substructure showing. This gives your smile a natural, youthful look without forfeiting any strength or restoration longevity.
Bridges are a treatment that replaces a missing tooth by attaching crowns to 2 or more adjacent teeth along with a tooth in the space missing the tooth. This procedure is used when:
- The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are badly broken-down and need to be crowned.
- In an area where an implant is not possible due to a lack of bone, or for financial constraints.
- The patient prefers a bridge over an implant.
Bridges have been used in dentistry for over 100 years, and have a very good success rate, depending the on oral hygiene of the patient. With bridges, the teeth are still viable(alive) and need to be cared for just-like or better than natural teeth. Most bridges have a 7-15 year life-span depending on how well the patient maintains their mouth with 2x daily brushing, flossing and dental check-ups, along with their eating habits. Bridges are a very good alternative for replacement of a missing tooth or teeth, and the care-gives at Dr Kosek and Kreagers’ can help you determine if this is a good option for you.