Dental Crowns And Bridges
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How Does A Dental Crown Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
• Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
• Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
• Restore a fractured tooth
• Attach a bridge
• Cover a dental implant
• Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
How Does A Dental Bridge Work?
Cosmetic dental bridges are used to fill a space that may have fallen out by disease or even injury. It is a
Device that is made out of natural looking materials made to look like your natural tooth color. It consists of a filler tooth which is attached to surrounding dental crowns. Upon completion, the dental bridge is bonded into the mouth. Dental bridges help to prevent shifting of the teeth and jaw problems that may occur from missing teeth.
Process of A Dental Bridge
Only two trips are typically required to TLC Dentistry when a patient requires dental bridges. The first visit will consist of numbing the surrounding teeth using a local anesthetic. An impression is then created using a customized mold. The impression may take up to two weeks so patients are given a temporary bridge made of acrylic resin.
During the second office visit, the temporary dental bridge is removed and replaced with a permanent one. The proper fit and bite will be adjusted and the dental bridge will then be permanently bonded.
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