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Crowns and Bridges – So Lifelike No-one Will Know

Restorative dentistry, which involves working with teeth that have been lost, damaged, or which have decayed, is often referred to as dental crown and bridgework. Dental bridges and crowns can do many things, including correcting for missing teeth, making adjustments for bite dysfunction, and working with structural or functional dental issues. Bridges work as replacements for missing teeth whereas crowns are used to restore function and original form to a damaged tooth or teeth. The process of dental crowns or bridges involves cementing the devices onto the teeth; as a result, this type of restoration dentistry is referred to as “fixed” dental work, in contrast to removable corrections such as partial dentures or appliances.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are prosthetics which are placed over an existing tooth which has been fractured, is severely decayed, or contains older filling. Crowns strengthen and increase the durability of the tooth, as well as create a clean and smooth appearance. Additionally, dental crowns protect what remains of the original tooth’s structure and provide a strengthening effect. The most common types of crowns are:

Not only does a crown appear to be a normal tooth, it also affects the facial muscles as it is the same shape and size of the tooth it is supporting and covering. This means the crown will help to keep the proper alignment for your jaw and your bite. As an added benefit, the crown also protects your other teeth, keeping them from shifting within your mouth or assuming a greater responsibility in the processes of chewing and biting, which means no facial or muscular pain.

Dental crowns are usually recommended when a tooth has so much decay that it is no longer a good candidate for a filling or if your tooth has been broken or cracked and there is the potential for further damage down into the tooth’s root if the situation is not corrected.

The Technology of Crowns

Unless the other person is a dental professional, it is unlikely that your friends and the people you encounter throughout your day will know that you have a crown: today’s dental crowns both function and look like your natural teeth. Crowns are a great option when you have tooth decay that has advanced to a point where fillings no longer are advisable or an option to strengthen your tooth.

In the past, crowns were most frequently made from gold; however, today’s technology allows for crowns to be made from porcelain. One of the benefits of porcelain is that the color can be matched to your other teeth, so that the crown is not detectable as being different from the other teeth in your mouth. This can give you a feeling of confidence in your smile, especially if the crown is in the forefront of your mouth. However, if the affected tooth is in the back of your mouth, where it is not likely to be seen, you might opt for a gold crown, instead.

We will discuss your crown with you, including the benefits of the different materials, and how you feel about your appearance; the cosmetic difference in appearance are a big deal to some people but others are not as concerned.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

Caring for your dental crown is simple: you need to perform your daily brushing and flossing routines as you do for your other teeth, including flossing below the gum line. It is essential that you protect your tooth from further decay, by protecting the base of the crown – the area around the gum – from the growth of harmful bacteria.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are utilized when one or more teeth are missing from your mouth. The bridge is designed to support the remaining, surrounding teeth by replacing the missing teeth. Bridges are a group of interconnected dental crowns and are held permanently in place.

The benefits of a dental bridge are many, including keeping the remaining teeth from migrating or moving out of position within your mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, as well as the potential loss of more teeth, and changes in your bite, which causes muscle pain. Your dental bridge will help to correct issues with your bite, reduce the risk of gum disease and additional tooth decay, and, in some cases, can help to improve speech. A bridge is an effective fixed dental work that is both durable and long-lasting.

Constructing a Dental Bridge

Only experienced, talented dental professionals make dental bridges. The first step in any bridgework is to file down the teeth which have been identified as those that are going to have crowns. Then, impressions are made of the teeth; these impressions are used to create the crowns to your specifications.

Next in the bridgework process, the teeth are prepared and shaped so that they are ready to receive the custom-made crowns and then another impression is made. Once the crowns have been completed, the bonding process begins, which involves attaching the false tooth – or teeth – to the crowns. Once the bridge has been completed, a temporary – sometimes called transitional – bridge is created and fitted to the affected area. Finally, about a week later, we remove the temporary or transitional bridge and place the permanent, fixed bridge. The permanent bridge is strategically placed, adjusted for your mouth, and then cemented into place.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Once your permanent bridgework has been cemented securely into place, you are free to enjoy all foods and can eat with confidence, again. Additionally, your face will no longer have any sort of sunken-in appearance, which happens when teeth are missing, and your dental arch is stabilized, which gives your face a more youthful appearance. In no time at all you will be smiling with confidence, showing off your new teeth, and feeling secure in how you appear to others.

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