Crown & Bridges
WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is simply fitted over the top of a damaged tooth. With one, We can repair a large cavity, put a broken tooth back together, and even cosmetically enhance a misshapen or undersized tooth. They can be made from a variety of materials, but our tends to use life like porcelain to achieve a more natural appearance.
WHAT IS A DENTAL BRIDGE?
For patients dealing with one or more missing teeth in a row, a bridge can replace them by literally “bridging” the gap using prosthetic teeth. These new teeth can be held securely in place using dental crowns positioned on either side of the space or even dental implants. With a bridge, we can restore the smile’s appearance and the integrity of the bite at the same time.
Crowns replace missing tooth structure, support misshapen or badly broken teeth, and look like natural teeth. They are made of different types of porcelain: porcelain fused to tooth-colored core materials, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. For crowns that are being placed in the back of the mouth where chewing and strength are required, we will typically place gold crowns because of their durability. They never break and last an extremely long period of time. Porcelain crowns will last 20 years or more with the proper care, but will typically last at least five years depending on an individual’s oral hygiene and any grinding or tooth-clenching habits that they may exhibit.
A bridge is a number of crowns that are placed and connected together where teeth are missing. We also place fixed bridges, which are cemented into place and are not removed from the mouth. They are an alternative to partial dentures and dental implants, and utilize the adjacent teeth in order to support the bridge. A patient can take advantage of the bridge in a case where both adjacent teeth need attention or have old fillings, because a bridge will not only address their missing tooth, but the concerns of the adjacent teeth at the same time. Otherwise, if a patient has a healthy, natural tooth on each side of the missing tooth, then a dental implant will typically be recommended instead. Recommendations for various cosmetic procedures are generally based on a case-by-case basis dependent on the patient’s age, budget, and desires.