A crown is a type of oral restoration that covers the entire tooth. It’s made of porcelain, which covers and protects the entire tooth. A dental bridge, or fixed partial denture, fills in the gaps left by missing teeth.
What are the advantages of dental crowns and bridges?
If a tooth is broken or decayed or is weakened from a large filling, a dental crown is a conservative treatment that can strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage. It also restores the person's appearance and helps them smile confidently.
Dental crowns help cover a tooth that is cracked, discolored, or misshapen and protect a tooth that needs support. It is also preferred to cover a tooth with a dental implant.
Dental Bridges help in improving the appearance of the person. It maintains the patient's facial structure and helps correct bite and speech problems experienced due to teeth loss.
What materials are used to make dental crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns are most commonly made of ceramic or porcelain. Both materials are strong and durable, but porcelain is more natural-looking and helps correct than ceramic.
A bridge is made of a combination of porcelain crowns and pontics (false teeth). The crowns go over your natural teeth on either side of the gap, while the pontics fill the space in the middle. Crowns and pontics are custom-made to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth.
How are dental crowns and bridges applied?
Dental crowns and bridges are made in a dental lab and are typically made from porcelain. The crown or bridge is then cemented onto the patient’s tooth. The dental bridge is secured to neighboring teeth with crowns cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the gap.
Dental crowns are long-lasting when they’re cared for correctly. Regular dental visits and proper home hygiene can last 15 to 20 years.
Dental bridges are a good solution and can last for five to seven years with proper care.
The dentist and the team are happy to explain the dental treatments offered at the practice in detail. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to give Denist Atlanta GA a call at (404) 255-4575 and schedule a consultation.