What Are Crowns and Tooth Bridges?

What are dental crowns and tooth bridges?

Dental crowns and tooth bridges are both types of fixed dental restorations that are used to restore the function and appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are used to cover individual teeth, while tooth bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth.

What are the different types of dental crowns?

There are three main types of dental crowns:

  • Porcelain crowns: Porcelain crowns are the most common type of dental crown. They are made from a strong, durable material that can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
  • Metal crowns: Metal crowns are made from a variety of metal alloys, such as gold or chrome-cobalt. They are very strong and durable, but they may not be as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain crowns.
  • Ceramic crowns: Ceramic crowns are made from a combination of porcelain and metal. They are strong, durable, and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

What are the different types of tooth bridges?

There are two main types of tooth bridges:

  • Traditional tooth bridges: Traditional tooth bridges are anchored to the natural teeth on either side of the gap where the missing teeth are located.
  • Cantilever tooth bridges: Cantilever tooth bridges are anchored to only one natural tooth on either side of the gap where the missing teeth are located.

What are the benefits of dental crowns and tooth bridges?

Dental crowns and tooth bridges offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Improved function: Dental crowns and tooth bridges can restore chewing ability and prevent shifting of remaining teeth.
  • Enhanced appearance: Dental crowns and tooth bridges can improve the appearance of your smile.
  • Preserved bone: Dental crowns and tooth bridges can prevent bone loss in the jaw.

What is the procedure for getting a dental crown or tooth bridge?

The procedure for getting a dental crown or tooth bridge typically involves the following steps:

  1. Examination and diagnosis: Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and diagnose the problem.
  2. Preparation of the tooth or teeth: If you are getting a crown, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay and shaping it. If you are getting a bridge, your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap where the missing teeth are located.
  3. Taking an impression: Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be used to make a mold for the crown or bridge.
  4. Temporary restoration: Your dentist will place a temporary restoration on the prepared tooth or teeth. This temporary restoration will protect the tooth or teeth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made.
  5. Fabrication of the crown or bridge: The crown or bridge will be fabricated in a dental lab.
  6. Cementation of the crown or bridge: The permanent crown or bridge will be cemented to the prepared tooth or teeth.

How long do dental crowns and tooth bridges last?

With proper care, dental crowns and tooth bridges can last for many years, even a lifetime. However, it is important to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

How can I care for my dental crown or tooth bridge?

To care for your dental crown or tooth bridge, you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss your teeth daily.
  • Avoid biting on hard objects.
  • See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

What are the risks and complications of dental crowns and tooth bridges?

The risks and complications of dental crowns and tooth bridges are relatively low. However, there are some potential problems that can occur, such as:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Chipping or breaking of the crown or bridge.
  • Decay or gum disease around the crown or bridge.
  • Loss of the crown or bridge.

If you experience any problems with your dental crown or tooth bridge, be sure to see your dentist right away.

Are dental crowns and tooth bridges covered by insurance?

Dental insurance may cover some or all of the cost of dental crowns and tooth bridges. However, it is important to check with your insurance company to determine your specific coverage.

Is there any pain involved in getting a dental crown or tooth bridge?

The procedure for getting a dental crown or tooth bridge is typically done under local anesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some soreness or discomfort afterwards. This discomfort is usually mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

I am anxious about getting a dental crown or tooth bridge. What can I do?

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