Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics that are used in restorative dentistry. Damaged or missing teeth can cause misalignment, pain, and in some cases even larger complications like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It’s important to understand the different restorative procedures that can be done to improve your dental health.
Campbell Family Dentistry offers both of these procedures for patients around Roseburg, Winston and Green.
What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns serve as caps for fragile or damaged teeth. They can also be used to improve a tooth’s appearance or alignment. Materials to make crowns range from gold and other metal alloys to ceramic and porcelain that can be made to match the color and texture of real teeth.
Dental crowns can be used to protect previously damaged teeth or to strengthen teeth that are unusually weak or vulnerable. Here are some examples as to when your dentist might suggest crown treatment:
- To protect a tooth that underwent root canal treatment
- If a filling is needed and there’s not enough tooth remaining, your dentist might recommend a crown.
- To conceal a fractured tooth
- To reshape a tooth in order to improve its alignment or efficacy
Dental crowns are also, in some cases, used to strengthen dental bridge treatment.
What are Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are designed to fill the gap of a missing tooth. Missing teeth are potentially harmful for a number of reasons. They can alter tooth alignment and the shape of your bite, which could eventually lead to jaw discomfort or full-fledged TMJ disorder.
A bridge works by cementing the prosthetic tooth to the neighboring teeth so that they’ll serve as anchors, or abutments. In doing so, the bridge covers the gap in place of the missing tooth. As with dental crowns, bridges can be made with an assortment of materials, from alloy metals to ceramic.
Both crowns and bridges are designed for longevity, but it’s not unusual that they eventually fall out. There are some things you can do to prevent these implants from failing prematurely, chiefly by way of dental hygiene. Make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly to prevent tooth decay, which overtime weakens bridges and crowns connected to your teeth. In addition to tooth decay, healthy gums are vital to the longevity of your restorative devices. Rising gum lines or inflamed gums can put your dental work at risk.