What Crowns And Bridges Can Do For Your Smile
By Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS
September 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and bridges fill in your smile seamlessly. Here's how.

If you've had a tooth extracted due to an accident or decay, you may be concerned how the space will affect your dental health and your dental crownsappearance. Fortunately, your Midland, Michigan dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, has the solution with crowns and bridges. Learn how these long-lasting, efficient and attractive restorations can make a difference in your smile.

What are crowns and bridges?

You've likely heard of dental crowns - they act as a "cap" over a damaged tooth. When paired with bridges, however, they act as reinforcements for the healthy teeth on either side of a gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Your Midland dentist uses porcelain crowns as a way to make teeth extra-strong for supporting the central part of the restoration: the bridge. Bridges can be made of one or more porcelain teeth depending on your individual need. Once the entire restoration has been made for you at Dr. Kathryn Winkel's Midland dental practice, your crowns and bridge will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

As dental technology continues to advance, the materials and techniques used to place restorations also improve. By following your Midland dentist's recommendations, your crowns and bridges can last as long as twenty years. However, it's important to keep current on checkups with Dr. Winkel in order to ensure your restorations, as well as your natural teeth, are still functioning properly. This is especially important with crowns because the natural teeth remain in place and are subject to decay if proper dental hygiene is not maintained.

If you think your smile could benefit from a crown and bridge combination, we encourage you to contact Dr. Kathryn Winkel's office in Midland, Michigan for an evaluation. Improving your smile and your health is our number one goal!