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What Are Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns and bridges fill in gaps where teeth are missing. A dental bridge closes the gap where teeth are missing by filling in the space restorative dentistrywith pontics, which are artificial teeth. Each end of the bridge contains a crown that fits over the existing teeth bordering the gap. The crowns anchor the bridge in place. Dr. Kristine Houck Morris, your Easton, MD, dentist, can fit you for a custom dental bridge with crowns and restore your smile.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are used to fill in the gap when there are several teeth missing in a row. Pontics, or artificial teeth, fill in the gap. At each end of the row of pontics are dental crowns, which fit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The crowns help anchor the dental bridge in place so it does not come loose or fall out. A dental adhesive applied to the dental bridge also helps hold it securely in place. Once installed, the dental bridge will blend in with the surrounding teeth for a natural look.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge with crowns offers several aesthetic and functional benefits. Functional benefits include restoration of normal tooth functioning, such as biting and chewing, and improved speech, which is sometimes affected by altered tongue placement when teeth are missing. The aesthetic benefits of a dental bridge include restoration of your smile and improved face shape. An Easton dentist can help you decide if a dental bridge with crowns is right for you. Other benefits of dental bridges include:

  • Filling in large gaps
  • Creating a full smile
  • Maintaining the natural shape of the face by supporting the facial muscles
  • Preventing existing teeth from moving out of place
  • Distribution of the bite evenly across all teeth
  • Restoration of normal tooth functioning
  • Restoration of normal speech

A dental bridge with crowns can restore your smile, appearance, speech and normal tooth functioning. To find out if a dental bridge would benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Morris, your dentist in Easton, MD, by calling (410) 770-9211.

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