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Dental Bridges & Crowns


Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is one of the traditional methods of replacing missing teeth.

The type of bridge used most often is a fixed bridge, and consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached on either side of the artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with routine dental appointments and proper home care; however, they may need to be replaced due to normal wear.

Reasons for a Fixed Bridge
•  Fill space of missing teeth
•  Maintain facial shape
•  Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
•  Restore chewing and speaking ability
•  Restore your smile
•  Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

What Does a Fixed Bridge Involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for about three weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, your bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit and comfortable bite.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new bridge.


Crowns

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth structure, giving the tooth a longer life than it would have if restored by fillings or other types of restorations.

There are three common types of crowns: all-porcelain (tooth colored), porcelain fused to metal, and gold.

All Porcelain
A very aesthetically pleasing crown usually recommended for front teeth only.

Porcelain Fused to Metal
A metal based crown with porcelain baked to the outside to make it more aesthetically appealing. This type of crown is ideal for someone who wants a tooth colored crown but still wants durability.

Gold
This type of crown is very durable! Gold crowns are recommended for back teeth where the crown cannot be seen, and they are often recommended for people that grind or clinch their teeth. Gold crowns are most comparable to your natural teeth; in addition, your tissue adapts best to this material.

If a crown is needed, Dr. Lisa Crafton will discuss what type of crown would be best for you.

Reasons for Crowns
•  Broken or fractured teeth
•  Cosmetic enhancement
•  Decayed teeth
•  Fractured fillings
•  Large fillings
•  Tooth has had a root canal

What Does Getting a Crown Involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface in preperation for the crown. Impressions will then be sent to the laboratory to create your custom crown. You will wear a temporary crown for approximately three weeks while your custom crown is being fabricated.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.


You will be given care instructions and encouraged to maintain regular dental visits to check your crown. As always, proper oral hygiene will help extend the life of your new crown.
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