Cosmetic Dentistry at Stevens Creek Dentistry, CA
What are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetics used in restoring the damaged teeth.
Dental crowns are cemented onto the teeth to mask the damaged teeth or an implant and enhance the way the teeth look in their shape and alignment. Unlike the dentures, these cannot be removed from time to time to clean only a dentist can remove them.
Dental bridges are used to protect and reshape the teeth. Bridges use the existing tooth to fill the gaps if a tooth or two are missing. They use the support of other teeth or implants. Crowns can be connected to bridges to prevent the not so strong teeth from breakage. A bridge has two or more crowns. Before placing the crown, the dentist will ensure the teeth match the crown size or the teeth size will have to be made to match its size.
A cap or crown restores the original look of the teeth and bridges make use of the adjacent teeth to fill the gaps due to missing teeth.
What are the various types of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns also referred to as caps, are made up of a different kind of material. Crowns can be ceramic, porcelain fused metal, gold alloys or base metal alloy. A ceramic porcelain material is used for the front teeth because of its characteristic to seamlessly mix with the natural teeth. When porcelain is fused with metal, it is stronger and more durable. Gold alloys or base metal alloy provide the best durability and they do not wear out that easily.
What are the steps in a Dental Crown procedure?
At first, you will be given a shot of anesthesia and after you have successfully got a crown, you might experience some sort of sensitivity and sore gum issues but usually, the pain incurred is short lived.
What are the various types of Dental Bridges?
- Conventional bridges are made up of porcelain fused, metal or ceramics. There is a dummy tooth or pontic for which a crown or implant is required on either side.
- Maryland bonded bridge or a resin bonded bridge is used to fix the front tooth that are missing wherein a set of porcelain or metal wings bond the false teeth to the side of the missing teeth to hold it together right in place.
- A cantilever bridge is one of the least common bridge types. They are used when there are neighboring teeth on one side of the missing teeth.
How effective are Bridges and Crowns?
Bridge is a good option when it comes to replacing a tooth especially when the teeth next door have large fillings and the ones that might need crowns ahead. Dental bridges are said to last for about 5 to 15 years or more depending upon the care taken with the frequency of check-ups done. Dental crowns can be made to look stunningly normal and permanent crowns last for about 5-15 years but some may last long than usual whereas the temporary crowns last for 4-5 months.
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