Crowns And Bridges
A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. It completely covers the tooth above the gum line, making it a good restoration for teeth with broken or fractured cusps. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more dental crowns fused together and connected to artificial teeth, filling the gap where one or more teeth are missing.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a tooth or a dental implant. The crowns can be all metal or porcelain fused to metal or all ceramic. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have lost a lot of their structure due to decay, damage, or wear. They can also be used to reshape an undersized tooth when braces aren’t suitable. They are often placed following a root canal procedure to protect the remaining tooth structure.
Uses of Dental Crowns
- Hold damaged teeth together.
- Replace large or old and worn-out fillings.
- Reshape your teeth.
- Helps restore fractured or cracked teeth.
- Placed to strengthen the teeth after a root canal procedure.
- Restore dental implants.
- Enhance the appearance of your teeth
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The false tooth, known as a pontic, is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge.
Bridges are a good option for patients who are missing multiple teeth and want to avoid traditional dentures. They require healthy teeth and gums surrounding the gap in order to keep the bridge stable and secure.
What Are The Types of Dental Bridges Available?
There are two main types of dental bridges: traditional and cantilever. A traditional bridge consists of a pontic, or false tooth, with two crowns fused to the teeth on each side of it. Cantilever bridges, on the other hand, are attached only to the two adjacent teeth.
Who Should Get Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is an option for patients who have one or more missing teeth. It is a permanent prosthetic that replaces teeth to restore dental function and appearance.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can:
- Restore your ability to eat and speak properly.
- Restore your smile.
- Rebalance your bite.
- Prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of position.
- Prevent your face from appearing older.
To learn more, visit Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141 for the best dental care.