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Understanding Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are an effective way to restore your smile following tooth loss. In addition to filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, crowns and bridges also restore function to your smile. With a full set of teeth, you can more easily enjoy eating a variety of foods. Another benefit is that crowns and bridges can minimize the unwanted side effects associated with tooth loss, such as facial sagging. Drs. Mark and Lea Bram, the skilled dentists at Bram Dental in Plainview, NY, can restore beauty and function to your smile with crowns and bridges.


What are Crowns and Bridges?

Bridges are dental appliances containing artificial teeth called pontics that fill in the empty spaces where teeth are missing. The bridge is fixed in place with dental crowns, which fit over existing natural teeth on either side of the gap to be filled in with pontics. Like pontics, crowns look and function just like natural teeth. The crowns are cemented in place over their corresponding teeth, which are also referred to as abutment teeth.


It is also possible to hold bridgework in place with just one crown if there is only one natural tooth next to the gap being filled in. Alternatively, if the crowns cannot be placed over existing teeth, they can be used in conjunction with dental implants to hold the bridge in place. One of the experienced dentists at our office in Plainview, NY, can determine which arrangement of crowns and bridges is needed to restore your smile.


How Crowns and Bridges Help

There are many ways crowns and bridges can help your smile. They restore beauty to your smile by filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss. By giving you a full set of teeth, crowns, and bridges, also restore function to your smile. Tooth loss can prevent you from eating certain types of foods, but crowns and bridges make it possible to enjoy those foods again. Additionally, a full set of teeth means biting and chewing functions can be more evenly distributed, which helps minimize excess strain placed on the remaining teeth as they compensated for missing ones.


Crowns and bridges can alleviate other side effects of tooth loss, as well. For instance, the teeth help provide support for the muscles in the face. The loss of teeth means there is less support for those muscles, which can result in facial sagging and drooping. Crowns and bridges help restore the contours of the face by providing more support for facial muscles. Tooth loss can also affect speech by causing the tongue to slip into the gaps where teeth are missing. Crowns and bridges can correct speech by filling in those empty spaces.


Crowns and bridges can restore your smile and reverse some of the side effects of tooth loss. Drs. Mark or Lea Bram can fit you with the right combination of crowns and bridges. To schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call Bram Dental in Plainview, NY, at (516) 681-3322.

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