Missing tooth? No problem. Usually your options are a bridge, an implant or a denture/flipper. This patient opted for a bridge. The aesthetic outcome is usually predictable but it is important to be mindful that extra care is involved in flossing under the bridge to prevent bone loss and cavities from developing on and around your retaining teeth.
Many people believe that once you get a crown or a bridge, your teeth are “fake” and you cannot get a cavity. This is not true. Natural tooth structure still exists, it just exists underneath the porcelain and metal overlay that is the crown or bridge. These materials cover and strengthen the natural tooth in addition to making it more aesthetically pleasing. Keep in mind that although usually you cannot see any natural tooth structure, it is still there and exposed to saliva, bacteria and sugars. In other words, you can still get a cavity around teeth with crowns or bridges on them. You can also develop periodontal disease around these teeth.
Care for a crowned tooth or a bridge the same way you would natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly to prevent premature failing and loss of your time and money!
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