Crown and Bridges
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth colored cap that covers the entire tooth. A dental crown is often used to fix a damaged tooth, improve appearance, alignment, function, and shape of a tooth. Crowns can be made from Porcelain, ceramic, gold, and acrylic. Most dental crowns are matched to the color of natural teeth to give a natural look. Dental crowns are cemented in to place to give a permanent solution.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge spans the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented in to place to the natural teeth or implants in the surrounding areas. Gaps that are formed by missing teeth can cause a shift in the empty space from surrounding teeth. This can cause an uneven bite or aesthetic concerns.
How are Crowns and Bridges Applied?
A crown or bridge is meant to fit over the damaged or missing tooth/teeth. The tooth / teeth may need to be reduced in size to allow enough space for the fitting. After reducing the area, the dentist will take an impression of the area to provide a mold for the crown or bridge. Depending on the material of the crown or bridge, the shade will be matched to your existing teeth.
The dentist will use the mold to create the crown or bridge using the materials determined appropriate. A temporary crown or bridge may be used in place while the permanent set is being made. The temporary crown or bridge will then be removed and the permanent set will be cemented into place. A special light may be used to harden the material.
Dental crowns and bridges are meant to a lifelong solution. However, if proper oral hygiene is not maintained, the crown or bridge may lose support if there is dental disease in the surrounding areas.
How Much Does a Crown or Bridge Cost?
Dental crowns and bridges can vary in price depending on the materials used, the severity of damage, and amount of correction needed to the area.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
- Crowns and bridges look extremely natural and can fix a multitude of common dental issues.
- Crowns or bridges are incredibly durable and don’t need any additional maintenance outside of your normal dental routine.
- Crowns and bridges are a permanent fix to many common dental issues.
- The procedure is often very quick and painless with minimal discomfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown is a single covering that replaces the enamel layer of the tooth. A bridge is a device that holds two or more crowns together.
How long does a dental crown or bridge last?
These solutions are meant to be permanent. With proper care, they can last 15 or more years.
Are crowns and bridges noticeable?
Crowns and bridges mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They can be made to match the natural shade and color of your teeth.