When teeth contain large amounts of decay, they may become weak and require more help than mere fillings for repair. If the teeth have to be extracted, the mouth will be filled with empty spaces. Crowns and bridges are made to give new life to a mouth so that the smile remains complete. Both crowns and bridges are fixed devices cemented onto existing teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is essentially a cap for a damaged tooth. It provides strength and a better appearance. It is a smart choice to replace a large filling, protect a tooth from cracking, or to cover a discolored tooth.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is recommended when a person is filling a large gap left behind from multiple missing teeth. If the space is kept empty, the remaining teeth may rotate and cause problems with the bite. Bridges are cemented onto natural teeth and provide an aesthetically pleasing smile.
How Crowns and Bridges are Formed:
Creating a crown or bridge is a common dental procedure. Before either can be placed in the mouth, teeth acting as anchors must be reduced in size. Then, the dentist makes an impression, which serves as a mold for the crown or bridge. A temporary is used to cover the prepared teeth until the permanent device is available. The last step is cementing the final bridge or crown in place.
What is the Life Expectancy of a Crown or Bridge?
It is possible for a crown or bridge to last indefinitely. However, neither is considered a permanent solution. The need for replacement is common after 10 or 15 years, especially if the gum line recedes.
To maximize the life of bridges and crowns, it is vital to practice solid oral hygiene. They can lose support if the underlying teeth become plagued by dental disease. To prevent chips or other damage from occurring, it is advised to avoid chewing on hard surfaces.
Replacing a missing tooth is important to maintain a beautiful smile. The team at Hoffman Dental is dedicated to helping patients maintain positive attitudes through good oral care. For more information about crowns, bridges, or other dental services, call the office for an appointment.