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What are dental crowns & bridges?
A dental crown is used to cover a damaged tooth and provides the damaged tooth with structure and support. It also supports the tooth and its alignment with the surrounding teeth.
A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. It attaches to each of the remaining natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth to ‘bridge’ the gap between them.
Bridges help to improve chewing, act as a space maintainer, and prevent natural teeth from shifting or rotating into the space created by the missing teeth.
It is crucial to prevent teeth from shifting as it can lead to problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and gum disease.
Benefits of Crowns & Bridges
Dental bridges and crowns each provide several benefits. They offer support for your facial features by retaining structure and prevent the movement of neighbouring teeth. They allow for proper speech and chewing. Bridges and crowns help to evenly distribute bite force within your mouth. They can restore your smile – and confidence – by replacing missing teeth.
Process for Placing Crowns & Bridges
Your dentist will begin the process by preparing your teeth to receive a dental bridge or crown. This involves reshaping the specific teeth that will be affected by the process.
Impressions will be taken of your teeth to create a model that will be used for building the restoration. A temporary bridge or crown may be placed until your custom one is ready.
During a follow-up appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary restoration and replace it with the permanent crown or bridge. Proper fit will be determined and adjustments made as necessary.
How can I clean a dental crown or bridge?
You will clean your crown and bridge just as you normally care for your natural teeth. As with your natural teeth, daily flossing, brushing, regular checkups and professional cleanings are necessary to maintain optimal dental health.
What materials are used in Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are made from many different materials, including ceramic, porcelain, gold, metal alloys, and acrylic. At Country Hills Dentistry, our skilled team has extensive experience with crowns and bridges and would be pleased to explain the benefits of each material and help you select the material that is best for you.
A Permanent Restoration
Crowns and bridges are not removable, and, with proper care, they can last you a lifetime. It is important to ensure care when using teeth with crowns and bridges. You should never bite hard materials or use your teeth as a tool (this applies to natural teeth as well).