CROWNS AND BRIDGES:
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
HOW DO BRIDGES WORK?
A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces causing malocclusion.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
Keep brushing twice daily, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily you can keep their bridges, crowns and natural teeth healthy from bacterial growth. For the best results consult us at least Twice Year.