CROWNS and BRIDGES
Missing teeth can allow the surrounding teeth to become displaced, and make brushing and flossing more difficult. Cracked or damaged teeth should be fixed to save as much of the tooth as possible, and to ensure that the teeth are easy to clean.
By taking care of dental problems immediately, you minimize the risk of future problems.
- Crowns fix and protect teeth that are so damaged or diseased that they need more support than a simple filling.
- Bridges replace missing teeth and offer support for the surrounding teeth to help retain the integrity of the jaw and face structure.
– Crowns –
Crowns, also known as caps, restore damaged teeth. A crown covers a tooth and mimics the shape, size and color of he surrounding teeth. Crowns are indicated for cracked teeth and teeth with deep cavities; to protect teeth that have been filled by root-canal treatment; to provide extra support for bridges; and to cover poorly shaped or colored teeth. Crowns may be made of metal, porcelain, or newer restorative materials. They are custom-made and fitted for each patient in conformation with the patient’s bite, and the size and length of the natural teeth. Crowns typically last five to eight years, but can last much longer with proper oral hygiene.
– Bridges –
A bridge stabilizes the bite of a patient who is missing one or more teeth. Bridges prevent the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth. A missing tooth that is not replaced may cause surrounding teeth to become unstable and require removal
or make the teeth harder to clean, compromising oral health
or change the shape of a face and diminish the beauty of a smile.
Unlike partial dentures, bridges are permanent; patients cannot remove them.
There are three main kinds of bridges. In a traditional bridge, the pontic (“false tooth”) is fused between the two crowns of the abutment teeth on either side. In a Maryland bridge, a metal band (hidden from view) binds the pontic to the abutment teeth. A cantilever bridge is necessary when there is an abutment tooth on only one side of the pontic. Maryland bridges work best when the teeth are front teeth adjoining healthy teeth that do not have large fillings.
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