When some people are missing one or more natural teeth, one of their options for replacement is with a crown-&-bridge combination. This is possible when a natural tooth exists on each side of where missing teeth are to be replaced.
A crown-&-bridge works together by crowning natural teeth on both sides, which will support a ‘bridge’ of one or more replacement teeth. This bridge of teeth is attached to the crowns and is essentially all one piece (crowns and bridge combined).
While it may seem that all crowns and bridges are alike from one dental office to another, that is far from being the case.
For many people who are candidates for a crown and bridge, they are missing side or back teeth. Since these teeth are not always visible, even in a full smile, the appearance of the replacement teeth may or may not seem to be a major issue.
Yet, when it comes to the look and feel of this option, the materials used will, indeed, make a difference whether appearance does or not. In our office, we traditionally used porcelain to create crowns, veneers, bridges, dentures and partials, and dental implant ‘restorations’ (replacement teeth attached to the implanted portion).
Porcelain is one of the most durable of all materials used in dentistry. It provides a natural look and feel as well as resists staining. Its durability, however, is what makes it our preferred choice when we recommend cosmetic dentistry or restorations to repair or replace teeth.
And, even though the teeth may not be visible in a ‘normal’ smile, they may be in a hearty laugh or a wide yawn. We find our patients feel more confident when they know their smile looks as great as it feels!
Another difference from office to office is in how the crowns and bridge work with your overall bite. In replacing teeth, it is paramount that the crown & bridge ‘meet’ your teeth above or below at a proper height. Additionally, how they are positioned will impact the positions of natural teeth on either side.
When the fit of the upper teeth and lower teeth do not fit together harmoniously, it can lead to strain on the temporo-mandibular joints (TMJ). These jaw joints are positioned in front of the ears on each side of your face. Their job is to hinge the lower jaw to the skull.
These joints are in constant motion. When the bite is not properly aligned, the disparity – even a minute one – can lead to TMJ Disorder.
Also known as a TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder can be the source for many problems, some seemingly unrelated to the jaw joints. These include frequent headaches, migraines, sore jaw joints, ear ringing, dizziness and jaw popping.
Bite problems can cause chipped, broken, worn, and fractured teeth. It is also the most common of all sources of night-time clenching and grinding.
In all implant, cosmetic, and restorative procedures performed in our office, we incorporate careful measures for proper bite alignment. These steps will help you avoid the discomfort and damage that can be associated with bite misalignment.
Finally, we make patient comfort a high priority, which applies to all procedures in our office and with all staff members. We all have a reputation for a gentle touch and providing a caring, compassionate environment.
We have a large number of patients who originally came “scared to death” of dental visits and are now walking into the office all smiles. They are now more relaxed in the dental chair and know our goal is to ensure they are comfortable from start to finish!
While you’ll always be able to find ‘cheaper’ prices for your crown & bridge, you deserve to know there are differences that can cost you far more in the future. Consider your options and ask our Financial Coordinator to discuss payment plans. We have several that break payments into affordable, monthly amounts that won’t strain your budget. Most require no down payment and are interest-free.
Your smile is ‘front and center’ in your life, all day, every day. Give it your best because, after all, it’s the best part of you!
Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your needs for tooth replacement, comfort options, or payment plans.