Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns in Denver

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth or dental implant, known to help strengthen and protect a tooth’s structure. Crowns are most commonly used to protect damaged or decayed teeth. Dental crowns look and function just like real teeth. At Mile High in Denver Colorado, we have different types of crown materials, ranging from porcelain to metal. Our dentist will be sure to recommend the best option for you.

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What Is A Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges aid in replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge treatment is a series of dental crowns fused together to bridge the gap between a missing tooth or a few missing teeth. Like a conventional auto or pedestrian bridge, there must be connecting teeth on each side of the missing tooth or gap. This allows the dental bridge(s) to be cemented or permanently placed in the mouth.

Types of Dental Bridges

The Traditional Bridge

The traditional bridge is the most popular bridge used by dentists. It is made of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal. They used a dental crown made from one tooth on either side of the missing tooth and connection is made with a fake tooth attached in between them. The traditional bridge lasts an average of 10 years and may require more teeth to be replaced when coming to the end of their functional life.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge works best when the patient doesn’t have two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The bridge is connected to just one other tooth that has been turned into a crown and the fake tooth is attached to the end of it.

Maryland Bridge

With the Maryland Bridge, the fake tooth is connected to metal wings that then cemented to the two teeth next to the missing tooth.

Alternatives to Dental Bridges

Instead of a dental bridge, you can also have one or more teeth repaired with a dental implant or multiple dental implants. Traditional fixed dental bridges require the infected tooth or teeth to be removed. Once this is completed the teeth on either side of the dental extraction areas are ground down. Once this is completed a bridge of teeth are fused together. This puts stress on the dental bridge abutment teeth. This adds one and a half to two times the stress of chewing and biting on these teeth.

That is why the average life span of a traditional dental bridge last 8 to 10 years. Once the dental bridge fails, a single tooth replacement turns into replacing two or more teeth. Having a single dental implant or multiple dental implants allows us to replace missing or failing teeth one time and provide a longer lasting solution those dental bridges.

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