WHAT ARE CROWNS AND BRIDGES?
Both crowns and most bridges are permanent prosthetic devices.
Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and should only be removed by a dentist.
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, your dentist will either take a traditional impression, or an electronic impression using an intraoral scanner, to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist 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 you choose. 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.
Are You a Good Candidate for Crowns or Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are designed to restore your smile after a tooth is damaged or lost. You may be a good candidate for a dental crown if a tooth is cracked, chipped, broken, or suffering from significant decay.
In cases where at least a portion of your natural tooth can be salvaged, but too much damage has been done for fillings, inlays, or onlays to cover the missing portion, crowns may be the best option to save any remaining tooth. Bridges, on the other hand, are a restoration option for patients that have lost one or more teeth. Some patients find this permanent fixture preferable to removable oral appliances like dentures.
HOW DO BRIDGES WORK?
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist 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.
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