A dental crown, or dental cap, is a protective covering for a damaged tooth. A crown is made by taking an impression of your natural tooth that is going to covered and creating a mold from that to form the new protective crown. Once in place, a dental crown will offer protection for your tooth, making it stronger than it was prior to receiving a dental crown.
Missing teeth not only make talking and chewing more difficult, but they can also cause other mouth problems. The empty space between teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to move into the empty area, affecting your bite and leading to gum disease or other issues.
Dental Bridges fill in this gap, preventing other teeth from moving into this area. There are two types of dental bridges:
- Removable Dental Bridges
- Permanent Dental Bridges
Removal bridges are often called partial dentures, since they are taken out and cleaned, and permanent bridges, which aren’t taken out and clean, are often referred to as just dentures.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal. On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.
What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.