Dental crowns and bridges are restorative appliances that help in improving both the aesthetic and functionality of the teeth. Crowns are commonly called ‘dental caps’ as they are used to cover an entire tooth. Bridges are used to bridge the gap between teeth, which is caused by a missing tooth.
When and how can crowns be used?
Crowns can treat various dental conditions (both aesthetic and functional). Here’s how:
Damaged teeth: A tooth may get cracked, chipped, or partly broken due to external trauma. Such teeth can be restored to their original shape and functionality with crowns.
Discolored teeth: Teeth that have been severely stained due to improper cleaning or eating colored foods can be restored to their appropriate color using crowns.
Root canal: Teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure are usually weak and could easily crumble. Hence dentists recommend a tooth that has undergone root canal procedure to be covered by a crown to keep it intact.
Excessive spacing: The excessive spacing between adjacent teeth can be eliminated using crowns.
What are the advantages of bridges?
- Bridges replace a missing tooth, thereby preventing the drifting of the adjacent teeth.
- As bridges prevent the teeth from loosening from their sockets, they prevent further tooth loss.
- They restore the functionality of the teeth, i.e., the ability to bite, chew, and ideal phonetics.
- They help a person smile with confidence, which wouldn’t be possible with a missing tooth.
How do I get a dental bridge done?
For those who are new to the concept of dental bridges, it is essentially a prosthetic tooth combined with crowns on either side. It is bonded in place of the missing tooth and helps to replace it. The fake tooth acts as the replacement of the missing tooth, and the crowns help it find the required stability.
Getting a bridge is quite similar to getting a crown done. A precise mold of the teeth is taken post the screening process and sent to a laboratory for fabricating the bridge and crowns. During the next visit, it will be checked for perfect fit and bite. Once the patient feels that it fits perfectly, it will be permanently cemented into place with the help of dental adhesives.
Crowns and bridges are strong and durable. However, they are not immune to structural damage such as cracks and chips. Hence, dentists would always ask you to avoid biting into hard objects or tearing open plastic bags, etc.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (815) 744-7543 to have a consultation with Dr. Trushar, and we will be happy to help.