Dental Crowns & Bridges in Lititz and Lancaster
The importance of replacing missing teeth cannot be overstated. Even if you have only one missing tooth, the consequences can affect your oral, physical and emotional health. In your mouth, missing teeth can lead to tooth drift and improper bite alignment; temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ or TMD; and an increased risk of both tooth decay and gum disease. Physically, missing teeth can sometimes be a cause of malnutrition, because you may be unable to eat a complete and well-balanced diet. Emotionally, missing teeth can affect your sense of self-confidence. Simply knowing that the people you meet may be focusing on the hole in your smile prevents some from fully participating in conversations whether in social or professional situations. Furthermore, missing teeth can even lead to a speech impediment, because of the critical role teeth play in our ability to clearly pronounce words.
One of the most convenient and natural-looking tooth replacement options is a crown and bridge. This oral prosthetic device combines the security of dental crowns with the natural appearance of false teeth to restore your complete smile. A dental crown and bridge can be used to replace one missing tooth or two or more consecutive missing teeth. Dental crowns are cemented to healthy teeth on either side of your missing teeth and then false teeth, or pontics, literally bridge the gap in your smile.
Once you and restorative dentist Dr. Moriarty decide that a crown and bridge is the best tooth replacement option for you, then he will recommend the best material for your prosthetic—metal, gold, porcelain, or zirconia—depending on where in your mouth the bridge is necessary.
Dental Bridges from Mor Smiles
Receiving your crown and bridge begins with a series of x-rays and impressions that our trustworthy dental lab will use to create a prosthesis that is an exact replica of your natural bite. We want your dental crown and bridge to fit seamlessly between your other teeth as well as against the teeth along the opposing arch.
The teeth intended to have dental crowns will need to be reshaped, so the crowns fit comfortably. If these adjacent teeth, called abutments, are not healthy enough to support crowns, then Dr. Moriarty may need to build them up or replace them with dental implants. Another impression is taken once the abutment teeth are prepared; the lab will also use this to fabricate your custom fitted restoration. While the lab makes your permanent crown and bridge prosthesis, Dr. Moriarty will put a temporary in its place to protect your prepared teeth and gum tissue. In a few weeks, you’ll return to Mor Smiles to have your permanent crown and bridge cemented into place.
Your crown and bridge requires the same oral hygiene care as your natural teeth. Brush your restoration at least twice each day and floss daily. We’ll give you a special bridge floss threader so you’ll be able to floss underneath the bridge where plaque and bacteria can accumulate.