Dental Crowns and Bridges
What Are Dental 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.
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, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
5 Extraordinary Benefits of Crowns
#1- Fix Dental Problems
Dental crowns are routinely used to restore broken, cracked, chipped, badly decayed teeth. Crowns are also used to protect teeth following root canal treatment and as a part of a dental bridge. If you are in need of a dental crown, putting off treatment could jeopardize the health of your tooth and cause it to be damaged beyond repair.
#2- Enhance Your Smile
All-porcelain crowns are beautiful and provide the best natural color of all the crowns. Because all-porcelain crowns are the most cosmetically pleasing, they're usually used for the front teeth. Nothing gives the same translucency, depth, and luster like an all-porcelain dental crown.
#3- A Better Color Match
It's important that you have a dental crown that matches the rest of your teeth. Your dentist can choose from over 10 shades and give you a dental crown that is better matched to the natural shade of your teeth.
#4- Strength and Durability
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are known for their exceptional durability and great strength. They are also very strong and can produce pleasing aesthetics.
#5- Improve Oral Function
It's difficult to eat when you have a broken tooth. A dental crown will give you the ability chew all the foods you love again. Dental crowns restore the structure of the teeth so you can eat in comfort and with confidence.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
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