Crowns and bridges are two of the most common dental restorations. Crowns are caps used to cover the entire surface of a damaged or decayed tooth, while bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two crowns and a pontic, which is the replacement tooth. The two crowns are attached to either side of the pontic, and they hold the bridge in place. Both crowns and bridges can be used to restore the function and appearance of your smile.
Did You Know?
Dental crowns and bridges are some of the oldest dental restorations. In fact, there is evidence of crowns and bridges made from bone, ivory, and gold being used in ancient Italian civilization.
Am I a candidate for a crown or bridge?
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, you may be a candidate for a crown. You may also be a candidate for a dental crown if you have recently undergone root canal therapy. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for a bridge. Your Detroit dentist will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for either procedure during a consultation. To determine if either restoration is right for you, schedule a consultation with your Detroit dental office today!
Are there different types of crowns & bridges?
Yes, there are different types of crowns and bridges. Crowns can be made from different materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal. Bridges are usually made from porcelain or ceramic, however they can vary in structure. There are four types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bonded bridges, and implant-supported bridges.
The type of restoration you receive will depend on your individual needs. Your dentist will be able to discuss the different types of crowns and bridges with you during a consultation.
What can I expect when having a crown or bridge placed at Grand River Family Dentistry?
Having a crown or bridge placed at Grand River Family Dentistry is a relatively simple procedure. First, your dentist will numb and prepare the tooth (or teeth) for the restoration. This may involve removing any decayed tissue, as well as some of the enamel from the tooth. Then, an impression will be taken of your mouth. The impression will be used by a dental lab to create your custom crown or bridge. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary restoration to protect your teeth and reserve the necessary space. Once the restoration is complete, it will be cemented on the tooth (or teeth). You may need to have multiple appointments in order to have a crown or bridge placed.
How do I care for my crown or bridge?
Caring for your crown or bridge is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss regularly. You may also need to see your dentist more often for checkups and cleanings. It is also important to avoid behaviors that can damage your crown or bridge such as biting your nails, chewing on ice, or grinding your teeth.