Crowns and bridges are reconstructive restorations that can’t be taken out and cleaned every day, like dentures. Sealed onto current teeth or implants, crowns and bridges are meant to be stable replacements for broken teeth.
What do crowns do and how do they work?
A crown protects or “caps” a decayed, broken down, fractured, or root-canaled tooth. Crowns are used to strengthen and improve the appearance of a damaged tooth. A crown is also placed over an implant and abutment to give it a tooth-like shape and structure.
There are various types of material for crowns. The dentist can use porcelain or ceramic crowns to match the color of your teeth. Gold, metal, acrylic and ceramic materials are stronger than porcelain, and they are generally recommended for back teeth. Porcelain can also be used with metal substructure for both strength and cosmetic purposes.
What do bridges do and how do they work?
A fixed bridge is used for one or more missing teeth. If left untreated, these gaps can cause teeth to move into the open spaces, which may lead to an improper bite, gum disease, and temporomandibular joint disorders. They take up the missing tooth’s space, and are bonded to natural teeth or implants surrounding the open area. The natural teeth or implants support the bridge, these are called abutments. A pontic or replacement tooth, is joined to the crowns that protect the abutments.
There are various materials you can choose for your bridges. Porcelain or ceramic material can be used to match the color or your teeth. The type of bridge you get will depend on where the missing teeth are located, its purpose, cosmetic purposes and price.
Do I have to worry about crowns and bridges falling out?
Crowns and bridges can last forever, but there is a small chance they could get loose or fall out. In order to prevent this from happening, it’s essential to practice good oral health. Brush your teeth and gums with fluoride toothpaste twice daily and floss at least once every day. It’s also important to see a dentist at least twice a year for professional teeth cleanings. You should also avoid eating hard foods or ice.