Dental crowns and bridges are the new options for teeth replacement and restoration. If you’ve been hearing about these dental treatments a lot, it’s normal to be both anxious and curious about it. We figured that one way to ease our patient’s anxious thoughts and curiosity about dental treatments is to educate them more about it.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over your natural tooth. During a dental crown treatment, your dentist will trim your natural tooth to get its impression. Imagine your tooth shaped like the circles on top of a Lego block. It’s the same way in preparing your natural tooth to be stacked and fit with the dental crown.
Your tooth impression will be used in the dental laboratory to build your actual crown. Your dentist will apply a temporary crown to secure your natural tooth. Some practices have in-house milling devices to prepare your actual crown on the same day they got your tooth impression. Otherwise, you may need to visit the dental practice twice to complete your dental crown treatment.
Dental crown treatment is needed when your tooth needs to be preserved or saved. These conditions include:
A dental bridge is a permanent partial denture that serves as a teeth-replacement solution. It can fill the gap caused by two or more missing teeth and get support from the surrounding crowned natural teeth. To keep the bridge in place, the crowns are cemented to the natural teeth placed on both ends of the bridge.
The type of dental bridge varies depending on your dental condition. Sometimes one type of crown is preferred over the other for aesthetic purposes. These types include:
A dental bridge is a dental appliance that can permanently fill your missing teeth. It helps you:
Having options to replace or restore our teeth are luxuries that the older generations didn’t stand a chance. Dental crowns and bridges are proof of a promising future for advanced dentistry.