Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns and Bridges

A crown, which is also known as cap is a type of restoration for covering the tooth or attaching to the dental implant. It is bonded to the tooth with the help of dental cement or may be attached to the implant by a screw or cement. It helps in restoring the appearance and function of cracked, decayed, or broken teeth as well as teeth that have undergone root canal procedure. The bridge is made for replacing a missing tooth that consists of two crowns attached to fake tooth.

How Are Crowns and Bridge Done?

During the procedure, tooth structure is removed 360 degrees surrounding the damaged tooth for allowing the space for porcelain. Impressions for the tooth are taken and crown is custom build in the laboratory by experienced technician. Till the time your permanent crown is being made, you will wear the temporary crown made of acrylic for protecting your tooth. The crown is shaped in such a way that it looks natural. It is attached with a special dental cement to make it look as if a natural tooth is emerging from the gums.

Am I a Candidate for Crowns or Bridge?

Crowns can be good for anyone who has damaged or worn out teeth or when someone needs major changes in the shape, size, or alignment of the teeth and ready to commit to a good oral hygiene practice.

Maintaining Your Crowns and Bridge

It is important to maintain your crown and bridges the way you would maintain your natural teeth. Just like your natural teeth, the crowns can get cavities; as in the tooth under the crown. Thus, it is important to brush, floss, and use fluoride paste for brushing daily.

It is also recommended to avoid chewing ice, biting fingernails, and crunch on hard items such as candies. The dentist may also recommend a mouth guard to prevent your crowns from getting fractured especially if you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth.

These tips will help in maintaining your crowns and getting benefits from them till a long time.