Dental crowns and bridges fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. The bridge contains pontics, which are the artificial teeth that replace missing teeth. Dental crowns positioned on each end of the bridge hold it securely in place. Dental crowns can be placed over existing teeth or on top of a dental implant to serve as a replacement tooth. Either way, crowns anchor the dental bridge in place. In Athens, dental crowns and bridges can be placed by Dr. Chanda Bennett of Bella Dentistry.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A bridge is an appliance that bridges the gap between teeth where other teeth are missing. Dental bridges can contain both pontics and crowns. Pontics are artificial teeth that fill in for missing teeth. Crowns can also replace missing teeth when placed as part of a dental implant, but as part of a bridge crowns are primarily used to anchor it in place. Typically, there is a crown on either end of the dental bridge with pontics in between. The crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap being bridged and hold the bridge securely in place.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge with crowns offers several functional and aesthetic benefits. One functional benefit of getting a dental bridge is an improvement in speech, which can change when teeth are missing. Missing teeth leave gaps that can alter tongue placement while speaking. Filling in those gaps can restore normal speech. Another functional benefit is the restoration of normal tooth functioning. A full smile means biting and chewing functions are evenly distributed across all teeth, reducing wear and tear on teeth previously compensating for any missing teeth.
Aesthetic benefits include the elimination of large gaps in the mouth and restoration of a complete smile. In Athens, dental crowns and bridges are available from Bella Dentistry.
Dental crowns and bridges offer multiple benefits, from creating a full smile to restoring speech. To learn more about dental crowns and bridges in Athens, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bennett by calling Bella Dentistry at (706) 546-7722.