Crowns and bridges are restorative prosthetics designed to replace a single missing tooth or a row of missing teeth. They are fixed devices, making them durable options. When one tooth is damaged or missing, a crown can strengthen or replace it. On the other hand, bridges are used to substitute multiple missing teeth in a row.
At our office, Roshan Emam D.D.S. in Palo Alto, CA, we recommend that our patients opt for any of the above permanent appliances for various issues such as concealing a fractured tooth, strengthening a tooth after a root canal therapy, or as the visible part of a dental implant.
What Are Crowns And Bridges?
Crowns and bridges can work wonders for reinstating an individual’s smile as well as their confidence. These restorative fixtures look exceptionally natural and can be beneficial when a person’s teeth are cracked, fractured, decayed, or missing.
A crown is a restorative fixture that replaces the top visible portion of a tooth. It can also help cover large fillings in a tooth or when there is discoloration of the teeth.
Bridges are composed of several crowns held together by a metal framework. They are more solid and durable compared to dentures. A bridge is permanently fixed, allowing the patient to comfortably use them with very few limitations.
What Is the Procedure of Getting a Crown or a Bridge?
The procedure for getting a crown or a bridge is pretty straightforward. When a crown is required, it involves two dental visits. During the first visit, Dr. Emam will examine the tooth to ensure that a crown is the most appropriate solution. Once that has been determined, the tooth is shaped and filed to be of the proper size and form to support the crown. After the tooth has been carefully prepared for the crown, an impression will be taken to make a permanent crown. While waiting for the permanent crown, you can get fitted with a temporary crown. During the second appointment, the permanent crown is fixed by using a special paste.
The procedure of getting a bridge is also similar to crowns. The adjacent teeth of a missing tooth are filed so that the bridge fits on top of them, and it will be cemented to hold it permanently in position.
How Should You Care For a Crown or Bridge?
Caring for a crown or a bridge is relatively simple. The most crucial thing is to not chew or bite hard foods to prevent breaking the restorations. Also, good oral hygiene should be practiced, including routine flossing. Always visit your dentist for mandatory check-ups. And whenever there are any issues with the crown or bridge, call your dentist right away.
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns and bridges, call Roshan Emam D.D.S., Dentist in Palo Alto, CA at (650) 321-0340 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam.