Crowns and Bridges: Which Is Right for Your Smile?
Did you know that the first dental bridges were made by the Etruscans, as far back as 700 BC? The use of gold to make crowns goes back even further.
The crowns and bridges used in modern dental care still work in a similar way to those used by the Etruscans. For a dental treatment to have lasted for thousands of years shows just how effective bridges and crowns can be.
Are you wondering whether a crown or a bridge might be the right choice for you?
If so, read on as we take a closer look at crowns and bridges.
What Are Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a damaged tooth and restores its shape, size, appearance, and strength.
If a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, the remaining tooth is reshaped in order to fit the crown. This crown is then placed over the remaining tooth and cemented into place. Once completed, the crown has the shape of a natural tooth. Depending on the material used, it may look almost unrecognisable from your original tooth.
Materials used in crowns include ceramic, porcelain, resin, and also metal. Some of the first crowns were made using gold and that is still an option today.
When Would I Need a Crown?
There are a number of reasons why you might need a dental crown. These include the following:
- Restoring a broken or worn tooth
- Protecting a weakened tooth from breaking
- Covering a large filling
- Covering an implant
- Covering misshapen teeth
- Covering discoloured teeth
- Holding a dental bridge in place
The best dentist will be able to advise you on whether a crown is the best choice for your particular circumstances.
What Are Bridges?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth.
An artificial tooth is put into place and supported by affixing it to two crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. In other words, the teeth on both sides are the supports to keep the false tooth in place. The entire unit forms a bridge across the gap, which gives rise to the name.
When Would I Need a Bridge?
A dental bridge can be used when a tooth is missing.
You may have to have a tooth removed because it is too damaged or decayed to repair, or due to a crowded mouth. A bridge is one way to fit a false tooth into the gap so that your smile remains unaffected. It also reduces the issues that can come from having a missing tooth.
There are other methods to restore missing teeth, such as dental implants or dentures. A dental bridge is an option which, unlike an implant, does not involve surgery into the jaw bone.
Are You Considering Crowns and Bridges for Your Teeth?
If you’re wondering whether crowns and bridges could be the right solution for you, then we’re here to help.
We are proud to offer excellent dental care using scientifically proven methods with the highest quality materials.Our dental crowns and bridges are made by a local laboratory whom we have worked with closely for nearly 30 years, and we can ensure your dental bridge work is not sent overseas for fabrication. We offer a wide range of services in our dental office including general family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and dental hygiene services. With our years of experience, we can advise you on the best course of action for your particular needs.
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