Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Riverside Dental Health & Beauty Spa

Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD

General Dentistry & Medical Spa located in Rio Rancho, NM

When it comes to badly damaged or missing teeth, dental crowns and bridges make for great solutions. At Riverside Dental Health, Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, wants to ensure that her clients in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, have access to the tools they need to protect their teeth and their overall oral health. If you’d like to learn more about how dental bridges and crowns can help restore your smile, please call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental bridges?

A bridge, as the name implies, is a prosthetic device that bridges the gap of missing teeth, whether it’s one or several in a row. The bridge itself contains the pontics (your artificial teeth), which are typically made from porcelain, a material that’s durable and looks most like your natural teeth.

Dr. Lewis-Heywood affixes the bridge to your teeth on either side, which is capped with crowns so that she can bond your bridge firmly into place. In some cases, if your surrounding teeth aren’t stable enough to support a crown, she may recommend placing dental implants on either side of the bridge to provide more stability for your bridge.

Bridges are very versatile, and Dr. Lewis-Heywood uses them in most situations where you need to replace missing teeth, even teeth in the back of your mouth that can only be supported on one side.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are true workhorses when it comes to solving dental issues and protecting your teeth. A crown is simply a cap that Dr. Lewis-Heywood places over your tooth that’s made from porcelain and custom manufactured to fit in with your surrounding teeth.

There are many reasons why Dr. Lewis-Heywood turns to a crown, including:

  • Covering a cracked tooth
  • Covering a tooth that’s had extensive dental work
  • Covering a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
  • Providing support for bridges
  • Capping a dental implant
  • Covering a deformed or dead tooth

As you can see by this list, there’s very little a crown can’t quickly accomplish in terms of protecting your existing teeth and restoring your smile.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Both the crowns and bridges that Dr. Lewis-Heywood uses are made from the most durable material available. That said, nothing beats your original teeth in terms of durability so there may come a time when you need to replace your crown or bridge.

Many people enjoy these prosthetic devices for years, even up to 10 or more, but the answer to this question depends entirely upon your usage of the device and where it’s located.

To learn more about bridges and crowns, please call Riverside Dental Health or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.