CROWNS AND BRIDGES
When a tooth becomes heavily decayed, damaged or cracked, a filling will no longer suffice to keep the tooth integrity. To save it from further damage and prolong its life, a crown is a choice as a permanent cover. Crowns are made of variety of materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic or without a metal skeleton. Upon initial examination, the dentist will determine the material, best suited for your crown.
A bridge is a dental device which is used to fill the space where a tooth was removed or had fallen out. It is a false tooth that is held in place by being attached to the teeth next to it, like a bridge. The bridge preserves the integrity of your existing teeth by preventing the shifting of teeth and jaw issues. It is recommended that a patient waits three months after a tooth is extracted before placing a bridge.
The procedure consists of several visits. Primarily, the tooth is usually reduced in size to fit the crown. Then, an impression is taken, from which the dental lab makes the custom crown. Finally, the crown is permanently cemented in place.
Overall, Crowns and Bridges ensure that your smile remains healthy and attractive. Proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is mandatory to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. With proper care, a crown can last a lifetime.