Crown and Bridge in Independence, MO
We often don’t think about it, but our teeth undergo a lot of stress throughout the day. Unfortunately, our teeth are also susceptible to many accidents that can result in them being completely knocked out or fractured. Even gum disease can result in tooth loss! Fortunately, David A. Schaefer, DDS is here to provide viable options for patients looking to replace or reconstruct their teeth. One of the most reliable methods for restorative dentistry patients can be crown and bridge placement. We may suggest this procedure for the successful reconstruction of your bite. Call us today if you would like to schedule an appointment for crown and bridge therapy in Independence, MO.
What is a Crown?
A crown is also called a cap, and covers a broken tooth to protect its precious enamel and inner nerve. Placing a crown is also the final step in a root canal procedure. A crown is made to look like an actual tooth and can be made out of a variety of materials. Dr. Schaefer prefers to use porcelain whenever possible to retain the structural integrity of the tooth so that his patients can also regain the natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance. Crowns are also utilized to anchor a dental bridge.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a row of one to three prosthetic teeth anchored to a gum-colored base. It is made to replace one to three missing teeth along your gums. Dr. Schaefer will take careful notes on the size and shape of your other teeth to include in the order for your bridge, so that it can be customized to blend in with the rest of your smile. He will use crowns to permanently attach the bridge to an existing, stable tooth on either side of the missing teeth. You will be able to eat, bite, and chew with a bridge, just as you would be able to with a full row of teeth.
The care for a bridge is the same for the care of regular teeth. Just remember to brush and floss, and you will be able to make your customized bridge last. It’s also important to remember that your bridge and crowns will not respond to teeth whitening as do natural teeth. If you wanted to whiten your teeth professionally, please undergo teeth whitening before you schedule your crown and bridge appointment.
Contact us today to begin your crown and bridge procedure. Dr. Schaefer and the staff at our Independence, MO team look forward to healing your smile.