What Are Crowns And Bridges?
Crowns are tooth-shaped covers, or caps, that fit over individual existing teeth. A bridge is essentially a replacement tooth or teeth, anchored by crowns at either end, that is designed to fill in gaps left by missing teeth – literally forming a bridge between the healthy teeth on either side of the space. Crowns may be used individually or together with bridges, depending on the nature of the dental problem being addressed.
Benefits Of Crowns And Bridges
Crowns are used in a variety of cases, including situations where a tooth’s filling is missing leaving insufficient tooth remaining for proper function and structure, where a tooth has been weakened or is in danger of breaking, and where a tooth has already been fractured or recently received root canal therapy.
Bridges stabilize remaining teeth where a missing tooth or teeth threaten proper alignment and function.
Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Made of a material that’s actually stronger than your natural teeth, your crowns or bridges help preserve good oral function, dental structure, and the attractiveness of your smile.
How Are Crowns And Bridges Applied?
Crowns and bridges must be fashioned specifically for each person in a laboratory.
First, however, the dentist must reduce existing affected teeth to a size over which the crown can be placed comfortably. The dentist then takes an impression to form the mold for the crown or bridge, then creates a temporary crown or bridge to protect your teeth while your permanent appliances are being made.
After the laboratory manufactures the bridge or crown, the dentist removes the temporary covers and inserts the permanent bridges and crowns with dental cement over the affected teeth.
Are Crowns And/Or Bridges Right For You?
Today’s dental implants may be a superior choice for many cases in which crowns or bridges may be indicated. Additionally, crowns and bridges are not indicated where the root of the affected tooth is broken or has been damaged by severe periodontal disease.
However, crowns and bridges are excellent techniques to protect badly broken or worn teeth. Your Rooney & Rooney dentist can help you decide which option is right for you. Contact us to set up your initial consultation.
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