Fixed dental prosthetics such as crowns and bridges make it possible for patients to retain an attractive smile as well as provide the functionality of strong, healthy teeth. Unlike dentures, they are designed to remain inside the mouth rather than being taken out on a regular basis for cleaning — only a trained dental professional can safely and effectively remove crowns and bridges. Here’s a short overview about each of these prosthetics:
A crown may be used on a chipped or broken tooth to impart strength, alignment, protection, and aesthetic appeal. Crowns are also placed on top of implants, used to attach a bridge, and to provide protection for a tooth or teeth that have recently undergone root canal treatment.
Crowns are temporary or permanent depending on the individual needs of the patient. Your dentist may install a temporary crown, for instance, while waiting for a customized permanent crown to be created, or you may just need a temporary crown for a few weeks while a particular tooth is recovering from injury.
Crowns can be manufactured from a variety of materials, but dental porcelain is the most widely used, particularly for frontal teeth where appearance matters most. Ceramic is also used, and metal alloys are often used for back teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be customized to match the color of your other teeth, providing an incredibly natural appearance.
As its name implies, a bridge is a prosthetic dental device that bridges the gap between missing teeth. Bridges consist of two or more crowns, and bridges can either be supported by implants or by natural teeth depending on individual circumstances. Dental bridges make it possible for you to enjoy the same foods and beverages as before, help retain your facial structure, and keeps your remaining teeth in place. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the type of bridge that best suits your situation.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information on how dental prosthetics can improve your smile and overall oral health.