Dental Crowns and Bridges in Plymouth
If you have missing teeth, dental crowns and bridges are often used to restore and/or replace them. Many patients opt to get crowns and bridges instead of fillings because they’re usually longer-lasting, and they offer more of an aesthetic advantage because they’re usually custom-made to fit your mouth. Both types of dental appliances help restore functionality while improving the aesthetics of your smile.
How Dental Bridges Are Used
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that are custom-made and usually barely noticeable. They’re used to restore the natural contour of your teeth, as well as the proper bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth. Sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, bridges are semi-permanent and are bonded to your existing teeth or implants. Some types of bridges can be removed and cleaned, while others can only be removed by your dentist (fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges). Bridges are usually made of porcelain, gold alloys or a combination of materials.
How Dental Crowns Are Used
Usually made of porcelain, crowns are synthetic caps that go on top of your tooth. They’re typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance after a restorative procedure (such as a root canal) or when a tooth has become so decayed that large portions of it must be removed. Crowns may also be used to attach bridges, cover dental implants or to prevent a cracked tooth from further damage or a filling that’s in danger of becoming loose. If you have a compromised tooth, a dental crown is probably the best protection that a dentist has to offer.
When you get a crown made, we’ll make an impression of your existing tooth in order to customize it to your mouth. Sometimes a temporary crown will be applied until your permanent crown comes back from a special lab. Crowns are often confused with veneers, but veneers differ in that they’re only typically applied to small areas.
Caring for Your Crowns and Bridges
With the proper care, dental crowns and bridges are built to last many years. It’s important to remember to continue to practice good hygiene habits, as flossing is necessary to avoid excess plaque and debris around your restoration. Some types of behavior, such as jaw clenching, teeth grinding (bruxism) or eating ice or hard candies, can shorten the lifespan of your bridges and crowns. If you’d like to learn more about our procedures involving crowns and bridges at our Plymouth office, please feel free to contact Plymouth Family Dentistry today!