Crown & Bridges

ABOUT CROWN & BRIDGES

Dental Crown

A dental crown or dental cap is a custom made restoration that covers a tooth with sustained significant loss of structure. They are analogical to being a thimble capped over your finger. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth to a certain shape and size. They provide strength and improves the appearance of the tooth.

Benefits of Dental Crowns  

  • Dental crowns protect severely damaged tooth or tooth weakened by decay, fracture, large fillings or root canal therapy from fracturing. Teeth with large fillings tend to "flex more" forcing the tooth apart possibly causing stress fractures

  • Dental crowns hold together cracked or weaken teeth and seal the tooth from decay

  • Dental crowns cover discolored and irregularities in teeth in improving cosmetic appearance

  • Dental crowns help preserve the natural function and position of the teeth

  • Dental crowns restore tooth with large decay, cavities or filings

  • Dental crowns support the replacement teeth in a bridge

  • Dental crowns restore and maintains natural bite

 

- Example of Crown Process

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is one method to fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). Dental bridge or pontic is a custom-made false tooth or teeth, that is permanently placed between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of space to be filled.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Restores your smile

  • Restores your ability to properly chew and speak

  • Maintains the shape of your face

  • Distributes the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth

  • Prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position

  • Helps preserve the natural function and position of the teeth

  • Restores and maintains natural bite

 

- Example of Bridges Process

FAQ

1. How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

The life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to, how well you follow good oral hygiene practices, and your personal mouth-related habits. Habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting your fingernails and using your teeth to open packaging puts on greater wear and tear to the crown. On average in general, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years.

2. Does a Crowned Tooth Require any Special Care?

While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, remember that simply because a tooth is crowned does not mean the underlying tooth is protected from decay or gum disease. Therefore, continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day-especially around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.