Dental crowns and tooth bridges refer to a form of restorative dentistry involving prosthetic devices. Unlike dentures, which can be removed and cleaned daily, bridges and crowns are permanently cemented onto implants or teeth, meaning only an experienced dentist can install and remove them.
How Do Crowns Work?
Typically, a crown is installed to help “cap” a tooth that is damaged. Aside from making it stronger, the cap can make a tooth look neater or better aligned in the mouth. It can also be used over an implant to provide a tooth shape and the necessary structure to engage in chewing.
Ceramic and porcelain crowns feature a similar color to the rest of your teeth, making it a great choice for those who wish to avoid attention. However, other materials are stronger and could be used for teeth farther back. These materials include metal and gold alloys.
What Are Some Benefits of Dental Bridges?
By using bridges, you can:
- Regain your smile
- Regain the ability to speak and chew
- Keep your facial shape
- Evenly distribute the effort of chewing
- Stop other teeth from getting out of position
What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?
In all, an experienced dentist specializing in restorative dentistry can provide three kinds of bridges:
- Traditional bridges use a crown on the tooth and add a pontic in the middle. These are most used and typically are made with porcelain fused to ceramics or metal.
- Cantilever bridges work when an adjacent tooth is missing. This isn’t used very often anymore due to the excess force placed onto other teeth.
- Maryland bonded bridges can be porcelain, plastic or porcelain fused to metal, and they’re bonded to existing teeth.
How Long Will Bridges and Crowns Last?
The best ones last a lifetime, though it’s possible for them to fall out after becoming loose. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to always practice top-notch oral hygiene standards. After all, if the tooth or bone that is holding the bridge in its place becomes infected with a disease, it can be damaged, and the whole support system is also damaged.
Because of this, it’s critical to undergo regular dental appointments with a trusted, experienced dentist. Contact us today to learn more about our dental crowns and bridge services.