Maintaining healthy teeth is theoretically an easy thing to do. After all, the guidelines for it are rather straightforward: brush after every meal, floss to get rid of food bits stuck in between teeth, and regularly visit your dentist.
A lot of factors hinder people from following these basic steps to the letter, though, with some being too afraid to go to the dentist, while others are just too busy to make room in their calendar. Whatever the reason is, when things get out of hand, cavities, decay and other oral diseases can develop, requiring immediate oral care and attention.
Some of the more common remedies offered by dentists to oral problems such as lost teeth are crowns and bridges. What makes them unique from dentures is that these are not removable devices. They are both implanted into the mouth, made to be a permanent part of oral health system.
Dental crowns can actually be considered as a protective covering over damaged tooth. This is a good way to save the damaged tooth, and not have to resort to pulling it out completely. By putting a crown on the tooth, it not only offers protection but also helps preserve its form, appearance, and alignment.
There are various types of materials that are used to make up a dental crown, ranging from ceramics to porcelains, and even metal alloys and gold. It’s ultimately up to you which one you’ll get, but whichever option you go for, you can rest assured that your tooth will be protected with its very own armor.
On the other hand, tooth bridges are most effective for filling in gaps left by lost tooth. As your dentist would tell you, it is of paramount importance that you fill those gaps because leaving it empty for too long can eventually result in your teeth falling out of their alignment. This can lead to further complications, such as the development of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which can cause you more pain and dental costs.