How do Crowns Work?

A crown may be used to entirely cover and strengthen a damaged tooth, or to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant.

The use of a crown has many benefits and may be recommended to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
  • Restore a fractured tooth.
  • Attach a bridge.
  • Cover a dental implant.
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.
  • 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, resulting in a bad bite.

The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorders.

Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.

What Kind of Materials are Crowns and Bridges Made of?

As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

How are Crowns and Bridges Made?

Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly.

After reducing the tooth/teeth, we will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, we will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.

Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge, in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made.

When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.

How Long do Bridges and Crowns Last?

The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene.

A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste after you eat and flossing daily.

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