For each missing tooth, you lose about 10% of your ability to chew food properly. When you cannot properly chew your food, what you swallow is not fully ready to be digested. This can lead to potential digestive difficulties. If you are in this predicament, you may be forced to eliminate certain types of foods that are important to your overall nutrition because you cannot chew them thoroughly. Worse, you place more stress on your remaining teeth in order to chew the food you eat.
Missing teeth can influence your daily life in other ways including your appearance, confidence and self-esteem.
Fortunately, at General Dentistry Limited, you can choose from a range of options to restore your teeth. We offer dental crowns and bridges which help to recreate a natural looking smile and prevent future dental health issues.
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is secured over remaining natural tooth structure. A crown is an ideal way to rebuild weakened or broken tooth structure due to large existing fillings or tooth decay. Crowns add strength to teeth and offer a very natural shape.
Our dental office offers crowns made from porcelain, which provide a more natural appearance than other types of crown materials. Porcelain crowns look and feel natural as they are designed to match the contours of your existing teeth.
Dr. Katie Reardon takes the time to discuss the various crown materials with her patients in order to determine what best fits each person’s individual dental situation.
A typical bridge is comprised of an anchor tooth on either side of a space with an artificial tooth in the middle. The three teeth are splinted together and cemented as one. Like crowns, bridges are a relatively affordable, low risk and time tested treatment for missing teeth.
With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a bridge can last for many, many years.
If you think you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, Dr. Katie Reardon is happy to discuss your options and help determine the best dental treatment plan for you. Call our office today for an appointment to discuss crowns or bridges in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.