Dental Crown & Bridge Experts in Marietta
What Is A Crown?
Teeth are often restored using silver or porcelain fillings, but when a tooth’s structure is too damaged for a filling, a crown or “cap” may be needed. Depending on the extent of tooth damage and type of tooth, patients may request one of the four crown material types: ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold alloy, and base metal alloy. Using computer modeling based on a mold of your teeth, our dental professionals create a crown that molds perfectly to the shape of your tooth. All types of crowns function in essentially the same way: they cover a tooth to restore it to its natural shape and size. This permanent covering fits over your original tooth to strengthen or improve the appearance of said damaged tooth. A crown can help:
- Restore a tooth when it is unable to support a large filling
- Attach bridges
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore fractured teeth
- Cover badly-shaped or discolored teeth
- Cover dental implants
What Is A Dental Bridge?
Healthy and strong teeth support and maintain your jaw alignment. That is why when you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may shift, and the ability to chew and speak may be affected. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, eliminating the gap where those teeth had been. The bridge is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Regardless of the type of bridge recommended, its success depends on keeping the surrounding teeth healthy and strong.
How A Dental Bridge Is Made — And How It Works
A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap between your teeth. The bridge is attached to your natural teeth on either end using crowns, which fit over the teeth like caps. Between the crowns is one or more pontics, or false teeth, which are held in place by the crowns anchored on either side. The false teeth themselves can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Bridges are permanently cemented in your mouth and are not removed for cleaning. The natural teeth that anchor your bridge will need to be shaped to receive the crowns, which are attached using dental cement. Although your bridge will last for years, it may need replacement due to wear or changes in your dental health. Bridges last an average of 10-15 years or more with proper care.
Dental Bridges vs. Implants
Patients with missing teeth often have the option to choose between a dental bridge and a dental implant. Unlike a bridge, which requires several crowns to hold a false tooth in place, a dental implant functions like natural tooth with a root that fuses to the jaw. As such, dental implants typically last longer and are easier to maintain. A dental bridge, however, is typically the more affordable route. To learn more about which option may be right for you, it is best to contact a dental professional like our specialists at Atlanta Dentures for an in-depth consultation.
Caring for Your Crown and Bridge
Once your bridge has been secured, it’s important to care for it properly to prolong its lifetime and maintain your dental health. Your dentist will be happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for your dental appliance to ensure you enjoy a healthy, long-lasting smile.
- Make sure to floss and brush your teeth, including your bridge, every day. When flossing between the crowns and the pontic, you’ll need to use a floss threader to pull the floss between the bridge and the gums—your dentist can help you practice this technique before you leave the dental clinic.
- Avoid chewing ice or chewing on pencils, pens, and other objects, which could damage the crowns or pontic.
- Continue to visit your dentist regularly every six months for checkups and cleanings. During these visits, your dentist will monitor the bridge and the surrounding gums to ensure there are no problems.
- Your dentist may also suggest the regular use of a fluoride rinse or special interdental cleaning tool if you have a history of gum disease or tooth decay.
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