Have you ever heard of bridges and crowns but always wondered what they were? Or are you having problems with your teeth that have left you considering this type of dental procedure? Either way, you will need some solid information so that you can make an informed decision about your dental health.
Normally, a dental bridge is made up of a number of dental crowns connected together and placed on teeth that serve as anchors on each side of the bridge and help to restore missing teeth. For purposes of dental bridges, these anchoring teeth are known as abutments. A dental bridge looks and feels very much like natural teeth. It is not a perfect solution for everyone, but it does solve a number of problems with the teeth.
Dental bridges have been around for a while. Before dental implants, they were the preferred technique for tooth replacement. In some situations like with large spans of missing teeth, a dental bridge can be placed on two implants. This technology is still viable today and should be considered by anyone looking for a solution to missing teeth.
A dental crown is used by your dentist for protecting, covering and restoring damaged teeth when dental fillings are not a good solution. They can also be placed over dental implants. Crowns can be formed from a variety of materials like certain metals, porcelain, ceramics, resin and other materials.
Your crown is a "cap" that is shaped like a tooth and placed over an existing tooth. It helps to restore the size, shape, strength and appearance of a tooth.
A dental crown can be used to:
Strengthen a weak tooth, such as one affected by decay or that is cracked
Restore a severely worn down or broken tooth
Strengthen and cover a tooth with very little tooth structure remaining
Secure a dental bridge into place
Cover a dental implant
Cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth
These crowns match the color of your original teeth. They are not perfectly unobtrusive, however. This is because, at times, the metal under the porcelain can show through. This type of crown is good for front or back teeth.
These crowns have similar strength and durability as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, yet they are more cosmetic in nature due to the zirconium substructure which is tooth colored. Many patients pick this type of crown or bridge as a choice of treatment.
Some other types of crowns include all-resin, all-ceramic, all-porcelain and pressed ceramic crowns, where the substructure is only in ceramic. The type that would work best for you can be determined at your consultation.
There are many factors that go into deciding upon a dental bridge or crown. Ultimately, we can make this determination during your consultation so that you can carefully weigh the pros and cons of each.
If you are considering getting a dental bridge or crown, please schedule a consultation with Aesthetic Dental Center of Morris County today.
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