At Bloomfield Dental Center, we believe in providing patients with concise, comprehensive dental care that leaves them with a smile that’s happier and healthier than ever before. Dr. Guerguis and his dedicated staff have experienced working on dental crowns and bridges for several years. Let’s first talk about what is crowns and bridges.
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike the removable parts as dentures that you can take out and clean daily. Crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. The only way to remove it is by a dentist.
The crown is a cap or covering for a damaged tooth. 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.
At Bloomfield Dental Center, we will advise the best option depending on the location of the crown.
The dental bridge is a ceramic structure, spanning the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth. The bridges may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also, see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects.