Crowns And Bridges

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA

Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Albuquerque, NM

Missing teeth can lower your self-confidence and contribute to declining oral health. Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, an expert cosmetic dentist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, offers crowns and bridges to improve both your smile and tooth function. Stop hiding your smile and call the office or book a consultation online to find out if crowns and bridges can help you.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns are caps custom made to fit over your existing tooth to the gum line to restore severely damaged or decayed teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, bridges replace the missing teeth with an artificial tooth attached to crowns on either side of the missing teeth. Both crowns and bridges look and function the same as natural teeth.

How are crowns and bridges placed?

At your first appointment, Dr. Nichols prepares the tooth (or multiple teeth) for the crown by removing the decay. She carefully takes an impression of your mouth and places a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the crown and bridges are made in a laboratory. Advanced technology is used to take images of your prepared teeth to ensure a well-made crown.

Once the crown is ready, Dr. Nichols tests the fit at your second appointment. When the crown is properly placed, permanent dental cement secures it permanently to the tooth. If you are using crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth, the bridge is secured to crowns on either side of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth filling the gap.

What oral conditions do crowns and bridges fix?

Teeth damaged beyond what a traditional dental filling can restore require a crown to: 

  • Restore strength and function of damaged teeth
  • Protect teeth after root canals
  • Support bridges
  • Cover a dental implant

A dental bridge is recommended to correct problems including:

  • Relieving pressure on other teeth 
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace removable dentures with a permanent artificial tooth
  • Restore the ability to eat, chew, and speak normally
  • Maintain teeth positioning

Dr. Nichols helps determine whether a crown or a combination of crowns and a dental bridge is the right choice for your needs. 

Why should I worry about missing teeth?

Even if your missing tooth is not highly visible and isn’t causing self-confidence issues, having missing teeth contributes to oral health problems. Having gaps where teeth used to result in other teeth moving around in the mouth. Teeth may become overcrowded or crooked, tilting forward or backward and making it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene. 

Missing teeth can also cause extra pressure on your remaining teeth, which leads to excess wear and tear on the enamel. The lack of tooth roots in the jaw also increases the rate of deterioration of your jawbone. 

If you’re unhappy with your smile, dental crowns and bridges can improve the aesthetics of your teeth while also restoring optimal oral health. To find out if you’re a candidate for a crown or bridge, call the office or use the scheduling tool to book an appointment.