While you may have heard of crowns and bridges before, you may not know about the many benefits they can bring when restoring your smile. These dental appliances are very common, and the procedures associated with receiving them offer minimal pain and downtime. In fact, these procedures fall into the top ten most common procedures performed by dentists! In order to give you a better idea of what to expect with your crowns and bridges, we’ve provided some additional information about what they are and how they can benefit you.
Crowns are most commonly used when a single tooth is needing to be replaced or to protect a weak tooth that may be breaking apart. This can be caused by lack of dental care or numerous other problems. For example, if there is a large filling that doesn’t leave a lot of the tooth left, the dentist might opt for inserting a dental crown. Some other common reasons for having a crown include holding dental bridges in place, covering a dental implant, or making a cosmetic modification. No matter the reason, when a crown is placed it fully encases that portion of the tooth and protects it from further breakdown.
There are many different types of crowns that your dentist may consider using. First, there are pre-made stainless steel crowns that are created as a temporary fix. This occurs when a more permanent crown is being made from a different material, but the patient needs a quick fix. Metal crowns are a more permanent solution, and they don’t break often. These are typically used for back molars since the color will stand out. A ceramic or porcelain crown provides what you’re looking for if one of your front teeth needs a crown. These are strong and at the same time won’t ruin your smile.
What are bridges?
Bridges with artificial teeth can get your mouth back to its correct shape and functioning as it should. They are usually used when more than one tooth is needing to be replaced or when a gap is needing to be filled. Just like with crowns, there are a lot of options when it comes to bridges. There are multiple different types of bridges, and they can be made of different materials, including porcelain, gold, and alloys. You can also get removable or fixed bridges. The benefit of having removable bridges is that you can take them out yourself to clean them, while your dentist will have to remove fixed bridges since they will be implanted directly into the jaw under your gums.
It is always important to have a thorough examination with x-rays. After that, we will be able to discuss your options so we can make the right choice for your mouth.
The first step in receiving your crowns and/or bridges is having your dentist take a closer look at your mouth. Once your dentist ensures that no other work needs to be performed first, you will be anesthetized and your tooth will be filed down to make sure there is enough room for the crown and/or bridge and to ensure that it fits nicely. Once the shape is set, your dentist will take a paste and make an impression of the tooth receiving the crown and/or bridge. Once we have the official shape, we will send it to a dental lab where the crown and/or bridge will be made. After waiting a few weeks, your new crown and/or bridge will arrive, and you’ll be all set to have it set in place. You will be given anesthesia and your new smile will then be placed in its permanent home inside of your mouth.
Should you find yourself in need of a crown or bridge, you now know that the process is fairly simple to restore your sparking smile. If you have any questions regarding crowns or bridges, we are happy to answer any questions. Contact Progressive Family Dentistry today!