Dental crowns and bridges are ways to replace broken or missing teeth. The crown of your tooth is the portion that is visible above the gumline. Enamel covers your natural crown, which is hard and durable but not unbreakable. Enamel can break or wear down, typically through an accident or poor oral hygiene.
When the crown of a tooth is damaged or decayed, your dentist can place a synthetic crown over it to restore it to complete health.
A bridge fills in the gaps created by a missing tooth or missing teeth. Your dentist creates a bridge by attaching crowns to the teeth surrounding the missing tooth or teeth, anchoring the bridge that covers the empty space.
Dental crowns and bridges are now made from natural-looking composite material designed to match the surrounding teeth. They’re virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges can last for 15 years, perhaps longer, but their longevity does depend on some factors. Good oral health is crucial to maintaining their look and durability.
Additionally, sticky and sugar-filled foods and drinks hasten the decay of your bridge or crown.
There are many reasons for receiving a dental crown or bridge. A dental crown can save teeth that would otherwise require extraction. In addition, crowns are sealed, protecting your tooth and eliminating the pain that can occur with damaged teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges preserve the roots of your teeth after an infection, keeping your gums and jawbone healthy. They work to maintain the shape of your teeth and keep the rest of your teeth from shifting and moving out of alignment.
The benefits of dental crowns and bridges are numerous, and the sooner you remedy your missing and broken teeth, the better your chance of maintaining the health of your remaining teeth.
To take care of your smile, call or schedule your appointment online with Roslyn Family Dental today.