Crowns And Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. They "cap" a set of teeth and cover the damaged or decayed area.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, only a dentist can remove a fixed bridge.
Bridges are most often made out of a combination of materials that can range from porcelain, gold alloys or a combinations of those materials.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or cover an existing filling that is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve as an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
In most cases the original tooth must be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The impression is then sent to a special lab, which manufactures the crown. Once the crown is completed, we will cement the crown in place. Crowns are different from veneers in a way that veneers are normally used to cover small areas, where crowns completely cover the tooth.
Caring For Your Crowns & Bridge
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area where the procedure was performed to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. At the end of your procedure we will go over how to properly care for your new crown or bridge to ensure that it will stay with you for an extended period of time.