What are dental crowns and tooth bridges?
Dental crowns and tooth bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are used to restore the function and appearance of damaged or missing teeth. They are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.
What is the difference between a dental crown and a tooth bridge?
A dental crown is a cap-shaped restoration that covers the entire visible portion of a tooth. It is typically used to protect a weak or damaged tooth, restore a fractured tooth, replace a large filling, cover a dental implant, or improve the appearance of a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.
A tooth bridge is a fixed dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of two or more crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is suspended between the crowns.
Why might I need a dental crown?
You may need a dental crown if you have a:
- Weak or damaged tooth
- Fractured tooth
- Large filling
- Dental implant
- Discolored or poorly shaped tooth
Why might I need a tooth bridge?
You may need a tooth bridge if you have one or more missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can lead to problems with your bite and chewing. Tooth bridges can also help to improve the appearance of your smile.
What are the different types of dental crowns and tooth bridges?
Dental crowns and tooth bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal alloys, and gold. The best material for your crown or bridge will depend on your individual needs and preferences.
Porcelain crowns and bridges match the color of your natural teeth and provide a natural-looking appearance. However, they are not as strong as metal crowns and bridges.
Metal crowns and bridges are the strongest and most durable type of crown and bridge. They are often used for back teeth, which are subject to more wear and tear than front teeth. However, metal crowns and bridges are not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain crowns and bridges.
Gold crowns and bridges are also very strong and durable, and they are often used for back teeth. However, they are the most expensive type of crown and bridge.
What is the procedure for getting a dental crown or tooth bridge?
The procedure for dental crowns and tooth bridges is typically completed in two appointments.
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth that will be supporting the restoration. This may involve reducing the size of the teeth and taking impressions to create an exact mold of the teeth and surrounding gum tissue.
Once the teeth have been prepared and the impressions have been taken, your dentist will send the impressions to a dental laboratory. The laboratory will then use the impressions to create a custom-made crown or bridge.
At the second appointment, your dentist will cement the crown or bridge into place on your teeth.
How long do dental crowns and tooth bridges last?
Dental crowns and tooth bridges can last for many years with proper care. However, they may eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear or damage.
How can I take care of my dental crown or tooth bridge?
To take care of your dental crown or tooth bridge, you should brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice or candy.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental crowns or tooth bridges, be sure to talk to your dentist. They can help you determine if these procedures are right for you and can answer any questions you have about the procedure, cost, and recovery.
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