If you have damaged or missing teeth, our goal is to provide treatment that restores your oral health.
Dental restorations such as crowns and bridges can give you back the beauty and function of your smile. Damaged or missing teeth can cause you pain and emotional distress. If you are unable to eat properly, damaged or missing teeth can even lead to malnutrition.
We realize that having a crown or bridge placed requires an investment of time and money from our patients, so we want to make sure you are happy with the results. Dr. Katie Daniels can create durable dental restorations that improve your oral health and look completely natural.
Missing teeth can cause esthetic, functional, and speech difficulties. Having missing teeth can also result in your other teeth shifting, which can cause problems with your bite and create undue wear on your healthy teeth.
It’s important to fill in the gap left by missing teeth, and a dental bridge can be a great way to restore — and protect — your smile.
Replacement of a missing tooth can be done predictably with the use of a porcelain bridge. A bridge utilizes the teeth on both sides of the space to support the restoration. The restoration gets its name because it literally bridges the gap between the two teeth. The anchor teeth are crowned, and a porcelain artificial tooth connects the two anchors. A dental bridge is a permanent fixed restoration that does not come in and out of your mouth. It is made to blend with the surrounding teeth and looks very natural.
Just like your other teeth, teeth that have been restored with crowns or bridges can develop decay at the crown margin (where the tooth and restoration meet). Also, tartar and plaque can still build up around these teeth, putting you at risk for gum disease.
It is important to brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist for regular cleanings and exams so we can maintain the investment you have made in your teeth.
You don’t have to live with damaged or missing teeth with today’s restorative dentistry. Talk to Lake Elmo dentist Dr. Katie Daniels about dental crowns and bridges. Give us a call today!