Fixed Prosthetic Devices- How Crowns And Bridges Can Restore Your Smile

By: Gen Wright

Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are used to repair and strengthen damaged teeth or to replace missing teeth. These long-term solutions can help restore decayed or weakened teeth and prevent the series of issues that can develop as a result of one or missing teeth, including bone loss, gum disease and decay.

Crowns and bridges can be applied separately or combined to resolve aesthetic issues, restore tooth function and improve the overall health of your mouth. Talk to your dentist in Mesa if you suffer from dental damage or tooth loss, and find out if crowns or bridges are good cosmetic and restorative options for you.

Crowns: Strengthen and Restore Damaged Teeth

Your dentist may place a crown to completely cover or "cap" a tooth that is fractured, has an old filling, or is severely damaged by decay. Before crowns, extraction was the only other option to repair damaged teeth. Crowns cover the entire tooth, strengthening a tooth that is weakened, and improving its appearance, shape or alignment.

You may need a crown:
* To replace a large filling
* To protect a weak tooth
* To restore a broken tooth
* To attach a bridge
* To cover a dental implant
* To cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
* To cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Each crown is uniquely fabricated to fit your mouth and provide the highest level of durability and aesthetics.

Fill in the Gaps with Dental Bridges

When one or more teeth are missing, your dentist may recommend a bridge, a dental restoration that consists of one or more prosthetic teeth that bridge the gap created by missing teeth. A bridge spans space where one or more teeth have been lost in the dental arch. Open gaps left by missing teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift out of normal position, resulting in an irregular bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease.

A traditional bridge is created by placing a crown for the teeth on either side of the gap and then placing prosthetic teeth between the crowns.

A dentist may recommend a bridge:
* To prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position
* To prevent the loss of additional teeth
* To restore your natural looking smile
* To reduce stress on your bite

Crowns and bridges can reverse the negative effects of missing teeth by
* Restoring the natural bite
* Preventing unnecessary stress on adjacent teeth
* Preventing neighboring teeth from shifting out of position
* Reducing dental decay and gum disease
* Improving appearance, speech and chewing function

Smile-Enhancing Restorations

Not only can crowns and bridges restore the integrity of a broken tooth or replace missing teeth, they can also dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns and bridges can be fabricated of tooth-colored material to provide the most favorable aesthetics.

Whether you are looking to restore the normal function and appearance of a single tooth or replace missing teeth, crowns and bridges can provide long-lasting solutions to serious dental and health problems.

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Sean Hartmen writes for leading Mesa cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brad Justesen. Providing excellent dental care to his patients for over 30 years, Dr. Justesen, Mesa dentist, stays abreast of the newest and most current techniques while remaining conservative with his treatments such as implants, dental veneers or tooth whitening.

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