If you have damaged or missing teeth, advances in dental medicine have made it possible to repair your smile without sacrificing your appearance. Our Cincinnati cosmetic dentists provide dental crowns and bridges made from quality, lifelike materials.
Dental crowns and dental bridges are among the most common dental restoration options. To learn more, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry at (513) 234-5531 to schedule a consultation at our Greater Cincinnati area office.
How Is a Dental Bridge Different From a Dental Crown?
Dr. Tara Hardin and Dr. Gary Hardin generally recommend a porcelain dental crown for treating a single tooth with structural or cosmetic issues. A dental bridge, meanwhile, is used to replace one or more missing teeth that were lost due to:
- Tooth decay
- Accident or injury
- Gum disease
A dental bridge consists of one or more prosthetic teeth (called a pontic) and a crown on either side (called an abutment) to hold the prosthetic in place. When creating a fixed bridge apparatus, Dr. Gary and Dr. Tara will bond the crowns to the nearest teeth bordering the gap in your smile, and the pontic will fill that gap.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Filling the space left by a lost tooth is always beneficial for your oral health, not to mention the character of your smile. By getting a dental bridge, you can enjoy advantages such as:
- Solid, stable tooth replacement
- Clearer, more articulate speech
- Better chewing ability
- Alignment of your bite
A dental bridge can also combat the body's biological response to tooth loss. The prosthetic will prevent teeth from shifting within the mouth, retaining a natural, healthy structure. Bridges also keep your face looking youthful by stopping the sagging, aged look that can occur with tooth loss.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
During your consultation, our Cincinnati dentists will evaluate your health and cosmetic needs and discuss tooth replacement options. Bridges aren't the only substitute for missing teeth, and Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary might recommend alternatives such as:
- A removable partial denture
- One or more crowns supported by dental implants
- An implant-supported denture
In some cases, dental implants can also be used to support a bridge and anchor the prosthetic securely in place.
To learn more about dental bridges, crowns, and other restoration options, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or call (513) 234-5531 today for your initial consultation. Dr. Tara and Dr. Gary Hardin serve patients in and around Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and Mason, Ohio, as well as Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.