Crowns and Bridges
Why is it important to fill in a smile gap with a crown or bridge? The spaces left by missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift, or even loosen, and result in a bad bite. Missing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, and may also affect your speech as well.
Filling In Your Smile Gap With A Crown And Bridge
A crown is used when too much of the patient’s tooth structure is missing, or when a root canal has been performed. The patients tooth is prepared by shaping the tooth to the specs that are needed for a perfect fitting temporary. The patient remains in the temporary crown while a custom colored porcelain crown is made. A bridge is used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth using the patient’s natural teeth as anchors on either side of the missing tooth, The missing tooth is fabricated as a porcelain crown attaching to the two anchor teeth.
Another way to anchor a crown or bridge is with a dental implant, which is part of implant-supported restorations.
To ensure the longevity of your crown and bridge porcelain dentistry, practice good oral hygiene. Keep gums and teeth healthy by brushing and flossing daily. Sometimes special fluoridated toothpastes are prescribed to limit the potential for decay, and of course, visit the dentist on regular recalls.
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. Today, crowns are typically made from porcelain, ceramic or some type of resin—though they can also be made from gold alloy or nickel. Also known as a fixed partial denture, dental bridges are used to literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is comprised of one or more artificial teeth that are held in place by two dental crowns. When you lose a tooth, the bridge is attached to the surrounding teeth for support and to fill in the void with artificial teeth. Dental bridges, while temporary, help keep smiles functioning normally after a tooth is lost or removed.
Used mostly in restorative dental procedures, porcelain dental crowns and bridges play a key role in keeping your mouth functioning properly after a tooth is lost or removed. Unlike removable devices like dentures, crowns and bridges are cemented place—but they are not permanent like dental implants. Dental crowns and bridges are typically used to fix an existing dental issue, but they can also be used to prevent future issues.
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