Crowns & Bridges
Bridges are a type of dental prosthetic designed to replace a small section of missing teeth. A bridge can be used to restore the natural contour of your teeth & to ensure the correct bite & alignment between your upper & lower teeth. A bridge is custom-made & natural-looking. Most patients barely notice that they are wearing a bridge.
Bridges are made from a variety of materials, including gold alloy & porcelain. They can be bonded to existing implants or teeth. In some instances, they are implanted below the gum tissue or bone. Some implants can be removed by the patient while others can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown is a synthetic covering for a tooth. Most crowns are made from porcelain & are used to restore the appearance & function of a tooth following a restorative procedure. For example, if a large portion of a tooth has been lost due to decay, a crown can protect what remains of the tooth & restore its appearance. Crowns can also be used to cover implants, attach bridges, prevent cracks from worsening, & help keep existing fillings secure. They can also be used to improve the appearance of discolored or stained teeth. Crowns are different from veneers in that a veneer is normally only applied to a small area of the tooth.
What to Expect When Getting a Crown:
In most cases, the existing tooth has to be reduced in size to make room for the crown. An impression of the existing tooth is made & sent to the lab that creates the crown. A temporary crown may be used to protect the tooth while you wait for your permanent crown. Once completed, your permanent crown is cemented into place.
How to Care for Your Crowns:
Crowns are very durable & can easily last eight years or longer. It is important that you floss on a daily basis to keep plaque & debris from building up around the crown. Jaw clenching & teeth grinding can cause your crown to wear faster. You should also avoid eating ice, hard candy & other foods that can damage or dislodge your crown.