What You Should Know About Dental Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a special dental tool that helps restore a tooth’s shape, strength and size. The dental crown fully encases any visual portion of your dental implant or tooth. Dental crowns are bonded in place permanently and can be removed by a dentist or specialist.

Proper care and good oral care can help a crown last for 5 to 15 years, however, our hope is that it will be a restoration that will last for a lifetime. Natural tooth-colored ceramic crowns are a great option and look natural and beautiful and have NO METAL in them.

Why do I need a Crown?

·         Restore or protect a tooth that is cracked, broken, worn or decayed

·         Support and protect a tooth that has a large filling or a root canal treatment

·         Improve the look of a tooth or smile that is misshapen or severely discolored

·         Cover a dental implant

·         Holds a prosthetic device in place or dental bridge

Your dentist will recommend a crown type that will work best for your dental restoration based on the structure of the tooth, the type of implant that needs protection and the chewing placement. There are several types of crowns and they each have qualities and characteristics. An experienced dentist will walk you through each of them and help you find the best type of crown for your needs. We’ll focus on full ceramic crowns.

Full Ceramic Crown

The ceramic material we use, which is called Zirconia or Emax, is a strong, stable and attractive material that can be used to make a great tooth-colored crown or cap. It is highly resistant to wear which also offers a high level of biocompatibility because there is no metal component. Ceramic crowns provide the best natural color match and is a great option for front teeth (Emax) and Posterior Teeth (Zirconia).

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a series of porcelain crowns that are connected to fill the gap that is left by a missing tooth or missing teeth. Crowns on the end of the bridge are cemented into place on the natural teeth that are on either side of the bridge.

Dental bridges are durable and natural looking to allow them to be used to correct your dental issues. Dental bridges can be used in place of a dental implant in some cases, however, the first and BEST option for missing tooth space is a dental implant. Healthy supporting teeth are required for a bridge to be used. Bridges can cause some decay or weaken to the anchor teeth if not cared for properly after treatment.

If you are told that you need a crown or a bridge, be sure to ask questions to see which option is best for you. Dental professionals are experts at matching the patient with the right solution!

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