Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are both fixed devices and can only be removed by your dentist.
A crown, also known as a cap, is used to cover a tooth or enhance its appearance. It’s made in a dental lab and attached to the tooth with dental cement.
A crown can withstand biting pressure. It can also be used with an implant. It can be made of various materials like porcelain, gold, or ceramic.
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if a filling isn’t enough to restore your tooth. If you’re considering implants or bridges, your dentist may suggest using crowns for the procedure.
A bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. It prevents adjacent teeth from shifting to the empty spaces. And these adjacent teeth serve as anchors for the bridge and are called abutments. They have to be filed so the bridge will fit over them. Once this is done your dentist creates an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab.
Your dentist will provide you with a temporary bridge while your permanent one is being prepared.
If the adjacent teeth are weak, then your dentist may recommend implants.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
While crowns and bridges can last a decade, they can fall out or become loose. If you have bridges, you need to take good care of your natural teeth serving as abutments.
By practicing good dental care habits, you can protect your crowns and bridges. And be sure to book your routine dental checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist will check the condition of your crowns or bridges at that time.