Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are meant to be in the mouth permanently. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed directly over an affected tooth. They are often suggested by dentists for several reasons, such as:
- To replace a large filling in cases where there is not enough tooth remaining
- To protect weak teeth from fracturing
- To cover a dental implant
- To attach a bridge
- To cover a discolored or misshapen tooth
- To restore a fractured or damaged tooth
- To cover a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
Bridges are typically placed to prevent existing teeth from shifting or moving into spaces where other teeth are missing. A bridge is fixed onto surrounding teeth and contains a crown to fill in the gap, and is typically made from metal and porcelain.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR GETTING A CROWN OR A BRIDGE?
During your consultation, our reconstructive dentist will perform a comprehensive examination with digital diagnostic x-rays to determine whether a crown or bridge would be the best course of treatment for you.
If you have chipped, broken or missing teeth and are self-conscious about your smile, crowns and bridges can help restore a bright, healthy and fully functional mouth.
HOW MUCH DOWNTIME IS NECESSARY?
The amount of recovery after crown or bridge placement depends on the extent of treatment. reconstructive dentist will advise you on how much time should be taken from your daily schedule as well as any specific aftercare instructions for your prosthetics.
HOW LONG WILL MY CROWNS AND BRIDGES LAST?
Many crowns and bridges are made out of porcelain, a strong and durable material that closely resembles the color of natural teeth. While these can last for many years, practicing good oral hygiene is essential in maintaining the functionality of these prosthetics, as tooth disease can cause them to become loose or possibly fall out.