Posts for: February, 2016

By James Pechloff, DDS
February 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges not only improve your smile, but are essential if a tooth is damaged or lost. Your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, James Pechloff, DDS, explains why these dental appliances are a good option for a variety of problems.Bridges

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns completely cover an existing tooth and help stabilize it or improve its appearance. They're often made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Bridges are made of the same materials, but are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns connected to an artificial tooth, called a pontic, which is located between the crowns. The crowns fit over the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, and the pontic replaces a missing tooth.

How can I benefit from a bridge or crown?

If you don't replace a missing tooth or teeth, you may have difficulty chewing, biting or speaking clearly. Eventually, your other teeth may begin to lean toward the gap, causing cosmetic and bite issues. A bridge replaces your missing tooth and helps you avoid these problems.

Crowns are very versatile and can be used to treat a variety of dental concerns. They can be cosmetically used to improve your smile if one of your teeth is discolored, a little too short or shaped oddly. Dentists most often use them to stabilize teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken. Crowns are often recommended to support teeth if you've had a very large filling or a root canal treatment.

Will anyone be able to tell that I have a crown or bridge?

Your Wauwatosa dentist makes a mold of your teeth, which a dental laboratory uses to create a crown or bridge that will fit your mouth perfectly. Because your new appliance is custom-made just for you, it will look just like your natural teeth. In fact, you may even forget that you're wearing a crown or bridge.

Think a crown or bridge is an excellent solution to your dental problems? Call Dr. James Pechloff, your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, at (414) 475-5505 and schedule an appointment today.