Fill the Gap in Your Smile with a Crown & Bridge
Have you lost a tooth as a result of decay, an injury, or gum disease? Dr. Shapiro would be happy to talk to you about restorative care with a crown & bridge.A crown & bridge will help you fill the gap in your smile and restore its functionality, appearance, and health.A full smile is important for enjoying a nutritious diet, and for speaking clearly and smiling with confidence.All three are harder to do when you have a missing tooth.Your crown & bridge will fill in the gap in your smile using custom-made replacement teeth (called pontics) and two abutment crowns. Your abutment crowns will use healthy teeth to anchor your restoration, providing you with strong, stable results.
Natural Results with a Dental Implant
But a crown & bridge isn’t the only way to have a full smile again. Patients can also achieve great results with an implant-supported crown. Instead of using one or more abutment crowns for support, an implant crown is anchoring by a post made of titanium. Your titanium implant post will act like a prosthetic root, creating a solid foundation for your new tooth while also strengthening your jaw.
Why Is Replacing a Missing Tooth Root Important?
When you’re missing one or more tooth roots, several things can happen over time.First, the part of your jaw that no longer has a tooth root will become weaker, because there’s nothing there to stimulate new bone growth.Second, as your jawbone weakens, other teeth may become vulnerable. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the loss of one tooth to result in the loss of other teeth at a later time. Dental implants are designed to replace what you’ve lost while also strengthening your jawbone.
Is an Implant Supported Crown Right for Me?
While many patients are excellent candidates for dental implants, not every patient is. During a consultation with Dr. Shapiro, we will talk to you about your treatment options and describe exactly what to expect from the implant procedure. If an implant-supported crown isn’t right for you, we would be happy to discuss alternatives.
Call our Greenbrae dental office at (415) 461-5926 if you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shapiro. Our practice is committed to comprehensive exams and patient education, and we offer a broad range of today’s best general, cosmetic, and restorative services. We’re happy to serve patients from San Rafael, Novato, San Francisco, Berkeley, and all surrounding communities.