Benefits and Uses of Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are two of the more common types of dental implants used to help restore your smile and support your oral health. A crown or bridge can help correct broken chipped or missing teeth. This helps restore your smile and improve the functionality of your teeth, which allows you to eat comfortably.

What Is a Crown?

A crown is a porcelain restoration used on a tooth that is chipped, broken, severely worn down or decayed. Teeth that have large fillings may also need a crown to provide structure and strength. Crowns are a protective covering over a tooth that creates a clean look and improves the look of your smile. Typically they are porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. A crown usually requires two appointments. During the first appointment a temporary crown is put in place and the final crown is placed about three weeks later.

What Is a Bridge?

Bridges are one option to replace missing teeth. A bridge can be fixed or removable. They help to prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position, which can result in gum disease, decay and changes to your bite. A bridge offers functional restoration to help you eat efficiently as well as forced distribution, which makes it easier to support the remaining teeth and chew.

Why Do Dentists Use Crowns and Bridges?

Your dentist uses a dental crown or bridge as a common alternative to a permanent dental implant. Even if you are missing just one tooth, a bridge can help maintain your healthy smile and hold the remaining teeth in place.

Your dentist will show you how to care for your bridge and crown by cleaning it daily. Flossing is key to removing food particles that might be stuck between your teeth and reduce the amount of plaque build up. This helps to prevent gum disease.

When you have a fixed bridge or crown, you should care for it as you do any of your other permanent teeth. Your dentist will show you how to care for a removable bridge. When cared for properly, dental bridges and crowns can easily last up to 15 years.

Restore Confidence and Protect Your Mouth With a Crown or Bridge

If you have chipped or damaged teeth, or have missing teeth, call your dentist in Hamilton today to discuss the options to restore your smile, protect your teeth and help you eat comfortably. It’s our mission to provide you with the best care possible.