What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

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Dental crowns and bridges are common dental options recommended to the patients suffering from several dental problems like missing teeth, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, discolored teeth, fractured teeth, and more. Although dental crowns and bridges are widely used in dentistry, some patients may not be familiar with what they really are. Before they decide on getting either a dental crown or a bridge, they must know and understand the benefits and reasons why the patient needs one.  Here are the most common questions about dental crowns.

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What are dental crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps positioned over a tooth to cover a damaged tooth or an implant entirely. It helps restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, function, and improve its appearance.

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is composed of two or more dental crowns on either side of the gap and a false tooth or teeth in between. The dental crowns situated on either side of the gap are called abutment teeth, while the false tooth in between is called pontics. 

When are dental crowns necessary?

A dental crown may be necessary in order to:

  • Protect the weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore fractured or severely worn down tooth
  • Hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
  • Cover a dental implant

What can a dental bridge do?

Dental bridges are usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. Not only will a dental bridge fill in the gaps left by the missing teeth, but they can also:

  • Maintain the facial shape of a person
  • Distributes the bite forces properly
  • Restore the person’s ability to chew and speak correctly
  • Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting or drifting out of their position
  • Improve one’s smile

How should crowns and bridges be taken care of?

Dental crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, but there can be cases where they become loose or even fall out due to several reasons. In order to make sure that they last longer than their usual lifespan, it is vital to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Also, visiting the dentist regularly for a dental checkup is of great importance in keeping the mouth at its best condition and diagnosing problems as early as possible. Furthermore, to prevent damaging the new crown or bridge, chewing hard foods or objects, and ice must always be avoided.

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Crowns & Bridges in The Heights, TX, or to schedule your appointment with Southern Dental.