By Dr. Ron Nichols, DDS
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental bridge anchored in place by dental crowns is an effective way to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth. The bridge contains restorative dentistryreplacement teeth for any that are missing, while the crowns hold the bridge securely in place. With crowns and bridges, you can regain a complete smile. Dr. Ron Nichols is your Hacienda Heights family dentist for dental crowns and bridges.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are caps placed on teeth for a variety of reasons. Crowns can be used to strengthen weak or damaged teeth that are too sensitive on their own for biting and chewing. The crown functions as a protective cover making the weak tooth stronger so it can still be used. Crowns also serve as replacements for missing teeth when placed in conjunction with a dental implant. Finally, crowns help anchor dental bridges in place to prevent them from slipping out of place or falling out.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are appliances for bridging the gap or space between teeth where other teeth are missing. Artificial teeth called pontics are placed along the bridge and will take the place of any missing teeth. At either end of the bridge are crowns, which will be placed over existing teeth to hold the bridge in place. The pontics are positioned along the bridge in between the crowns. Once a dental bridge is placed, the gap created by missing teeth will be filled in and you will have a complete smile, once again.

What are the benefits of a bridge with crowns?

There are several benefits to having a bridge placed, particularly one held in place by crowns. Aesthetically, there are several benefits, including a full smile and improved face shape. When teeth are missing, there is less support for facial muscles, which can result in sagging and drooping.

Dental bridges offer several functional benefits, as well. Speech improves, normal tooth functioning returns and teeth are protected against excess wear and tear. When teeth are missing, tongue placement is altered when speaking, which can adversely affect speech. Additionally, any remaining teeth must overcompensate for the missing teeth when eating and performing other functions, which can lead to excess wear and tear. Filling in the gaps with a dental bridge alleviates these problems.

Finally, a significant benefit of choosing a dental bridge with crowns to replace missing teeth is security. Crowns provide a secure means of anchoring the dental bridge in place so it does not come loose or fall out. Your Hacienda Heights family dentist can help you decide if a bridge with crowns is right for you.

To learn more about crowns and bridges and how they can benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nichols, your Hacienda Heights family dentist, by calling the office at (626) 912-9394.