Benefits and Uses of Crowns and Bridges
What Is a Crown?
What Is a Bridge?
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.