Unlike full and partial dentures that are removable devices which must be taken out daily to be cleaned, bridges and crowns are fixed dental appliances that are permanently cemented onto the existing teeth. A dentist can only remove these devices. If you are contemplating a bridge or crown, call us today.
Bridge or Crown?
Bridges are used to cover the surface where once was a tooth. After losing a tooth, your dentist may recommend covering that area with a bridge. A bridge is mostly used when more than one tooth is missing. It covers the opening between your missing teeth, and it essentially bridges the gap, preventing the other teeth from shifting from their normal position. A bridge functions similarly as the original teeth.
When it comes to crowns, they are tooth-shaped caps which are placed over your tooth. The goal of setting a crown over a tooth is to strengthen the dental structure and protect it. Crowns are typically made of a durable white substance that looks completely natural. Dental crowns do not necessarily have to be used to replace your natural tooth, but also to provide a more pleasing aesthetic look.
How are Bridges and Crowns Made?
Before placing a bridge or a crown, the tooth has to be adequately reduced to fit the bridge or crown over it. To sufficiently fit this appliance, a tooth impression must be taken. These dental devices are typically made of ceramic or porcelain. Your dentist will choose the proper shade that will go with the color of your existing teeth.
Until a permanent device is ready, your dentist will place a temporary bridge or crown to cover your prepared tooth. Once the permanent dental equipment is prepared, it will be cemented over the prepared tooth.
How do Bridges and Crowns work?
A bridge is typically recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. The gaps caused by missing teeth will cause the remaining teeth to shift. Since the remaining teeth cannot cover the holes correctly, they will rotate leading to a bad bite and an aesthetically unpleasant smile. Dental imbalance, triggered by missing teeth, can also result in gum disease development and joint disorders.
When a tooth or more are missing, bridges can be permanently cemented over your natural teeth to cover the gaps or one vacant spot. However, when it comes to crowns, they are used to cover only one damaged tooth. Crowns are used to strengthen the dental structure, enhance its shape and appearance.
Crown can be made of different materials, but most popular choices are ceramic and porcelain. Crowns can also be made of gold and metal alloys. In the past, metal alloys were used for your back teeth because of their strength. Today, porcelain is bonded to the metal shell and cemented to the top of the tooth. This way, dentists have ensured crowns are both durable and aesthetically pleasing.
Advantages of Bridges and Crowns
If you are missing a tooth, crowns and bridges are a permanent and essential solution to your dental problems. Since both of the mentioned dental devices are permanent (unlike dentures), you won’t have to frequently visit your dentist or take off the implant to clean it. Crowns and bridges add aesthetic value to your overall look, and they will restore your smile. Lastly, taking care of them is very simple. You need to brush and floss as you did with your natural teeth.
If you think you may need of a crown or a bridge, call Dr. Witt today. He is an expert and will know what is best for you for your circumstance. He will help you make an informed decision you won’t regret.