Crowns and Bridges - Santa Fe, NM
If you’ve severely damaged or lost teeth due to injury, accident, or gum disease, we can repair or replace them with a crown or a bridge. This will restore functionality, properly support your bite, and allow you to chew well and smile confidently. Bridges fill the gap between missing teeth to prevent movement and stabilize your bite, improving chewing and speech. They also function as an internal structure for your face, rounding out sunken cheeks to give you a more youthful appearance.
Crowns and (most) bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable ones such as dentures, which you must take out and clean regularly, bridges and crowns are cemented onto either existing teeth or implants. They can only be removed by a dentist.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are usually recommended for any visible teeth, as they can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. Materials that can be used for back teeth are gold and metal alloys and acrylic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain, which can make them good candidates for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is also an option as it is both strong and aesthetically attractive.
What the difference between a Crown and a Bridge?
A crown protects and restores a tooth's aesthetic value, strength, and chewing function. Bridges are used to replace the space that missing teeth have left behind. They are permanently secured to the adjacent teeth by crowns, filling the gap. Without hooks or clasps, bridges provide a solid solution to missing teeth and look completely natural. Plus, they help restore functionality, allowing you to care for your teeth just as you did before the procedure.
Call our Santa Fe, NM dental office to set up a consultation with Dr. Christensen. He will listen to your concerns, evaluate your needs, and help you determine if Crowns or Bridges are right for you. Today, in just a couple of visits, the aesthetics, function and comfort you once knew can be permanently restored.
Your Oral Health Is Our Number One Priority!
We will work together to address your oral health, comfort, function, and your aesthetic concerns. Call Smile Santa Fe today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen and team. Our office is conveniently located in Santa Fe, NM.