Crown and bridges are important ways of restoring the smile of those who have lost or damaged teeth. Bridges and crowns require a patient to have healthy roots to their teeth, and a dentist can determine if this is the case. Those interested in having a crown or bridge in their mouth should discuss the matter with their dentist.
Without a full set of teeth in place, movement of the remaining teeth may occur. This shifting may cause pain or difficulty chewing. A bridge uses two healthy teeth at opposite ends of the space to act as supports for an artificial tooth or teeth called a bridge. Teeth that have had their tops worn down but retain their roots need a crown to cover and protect the chewing surface.
Dentists must carefully fit their patients with custom-made crowns or bridges to ensure a proper fit and maximize the patient’s comfort. Using an impression of the damaged tooth, a dental lab will create a custom-made crown for the patient. A permanent bonding agent is used by the dentist to secure the crown over the damaged tooth.
Crowns are available in many material options, but for those with concerns about the appearance of their teeth, ceramic or porcelain are the best choices. When in place, most people cannot identify the tooth with a crown made from one of these materials. The same is true of ceramic bridges.
Bridges are important in filling in the gaps in teeth. They may be anchored to dental implants on either side of the opening or to existing teeth with healthy roots. An impression is made of the gap and the teeth that are at either end. This is used to create the bridge the dentist will place in the mouth on a follow-up visit. Once in place, the bridge will be a permanent fixture in the mouth, unlike dentures, and it will last as long as the teeth that are supporting it remain healthy.
Damaged teeth or gaps in the mouth can be corrected with dental crowns or bridges.