Most people don’t associate a bridge or a crown with dental work. No, for us a bridge is not just something that goes over water, and a crown is not just an item used by royalty. but, Bridges and Crowns are an important part of the dental world. Even so, for patients who don’t know what Bridges and crowns are like, it can be a bit difficult to understand what the dentist is trying to tell you.
Because of this, we’ve decided to do an in-depth article on dental bridges and crowns. To get the information we needed we talked to the doctors from Coast Dental Tampa, Forest Family Dentistry, and Gentle Dental Portland.
What Are They? The Experts at Family Smiles Dental Give Us Answers
“Bridges and crowns are fixed aesthetic devices that are customized to each patient,” say the experts at Coast Dental Tampa. “They are then cemented to existing teeth.” These devices are used for implants. crowns are the most common, and crowns can cover the entire tooth whereas a bridge covers the empty space left by a missing tooth. When your dentist chooses to use a crown, he may want to cover a damaged tooth where he had to place a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining. This will protect the weak tooth from fracturing. A dentist will use a crown for any of the following reasons:
To restore a fractured tooth
To apply to bridge
Cover a dental implant
Cover a poorly shaped tooth or a discolored one
Fill in a small gap between teeth
To cover tooth that has a root canal.
Why Get a Bridge or Crown?
The experts at Forest Family Dentistry say that bridges are used to cover the gaps left by missing teeth, but a crown if you need to cover remaining pieces of a tooth. When left untreated, and when you don’t get a bridge or crown, the damaged natural teeth are more exposed to dental diseases such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. When you are missing one or more teeth your dentist will probably recommend a bridge. This type of dental device will cover the space for the missing teeth, and they are cemented to natural teeth or to implants that surround this empty space.
In other words, say the dentists at Coast Dental Tampa, a bridge is just like a denture except that it cannot be removed. It takes the place of one or more missing teeth and is supported in one of three ways:
- By Holding it to your natural teeth.
- By Adhering to your implants
- By using a combination of both methods
When your dentist decides to make a conventional Bridge, he will first place two crowns on the teeth on either side of the space where he is placing the bridge. These crowns are sometimes called caps but have strength to support the new bridge, tell us the dentists at Coast Dental Tampa.
The tooth that receives the crowns need to be healthy. If the supporting teeth are weakened, your dentist may decide to do a root canal on them. At any rate, part of the teeth will always be removed to make space for the crowns that hold the bridge made of porcelain, ceramic or a combination of one of these materials with metal.
The team at Family Smiles Dental told us that there are different types of bridges. For instance, a cantilever bridge is held to the mouth by one or more crowns on just one side of the space where the missing tooth is located. On the other hand, Maryland bonded Bridge consists of a metal framework with wings on each side. These things are bonded to the back of adjacent teeth. Bonded bridges are not usually as expensive as traditional bridges because the adjacent teeth don’t need as much preparation and don’t need crowns. However, these bridges are only as strong as the bonding material the dentist uses to adhere it. Eventually, resin bonded Bridges eventually tend to come off because the bonding material wears thin. “A Dentist will usually opt for another type of bridge in areas where frequent chewing action is needed, or in areas where the wings make it in the way of the bite or the gums,” say the dentists at Family Dentist.
After Bridges Are Put In The Dentists at Forest Family Dentistry Tell Us What’s Next
“To get a bridge, you will need to visit your dentist at least twice and sometimes you may need more visits,” say the dentists at . You may also need to take some type of an analgesic afterward to prevent discomfort. On your first visit the dentist will prepare your teeth and cover them with temporary crowns he may also make an impression of your teeth to analyze your current bite.
The final bridge is placed over your teeth on a later visit. On average, a tooth bridge lasts about 5 to 7 years. A primary reason for the bridge to weaken is because of cavities that deepen in the supporting teeth, which comes because of poor oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing under and around the bridge keep the bridge in good shape and make it last longer.
What are Crowns?: Lakeside Dental Tells Us
The crown is a small cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged. It looks like a cover that is in the shape of your original tooth and that’s why many people call it a cap. Your dentist may decide to use a crown for one of several reasons:
- The tooth is broken
- It is damaged
- There is too much decay damage
A dentist uses a crown when a filling can not replace enough of the tooth or make it strong enough. Crowns are also used to add strength to teeth that might hold a bridge. they can also be used to improve appearance as well.
Lakeside Dental also told us that sometimes a dentist will have temporary crowns that are made ahead of time or that are prefabricated and made of plastic or stainless steel. These are a temporary solution until the dentist receives your permanent crown from the lab.
Crowns can be made of:
- All metal
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
- Porcelain fused to zirconia
- All ceramic
- Metal Crowns
Crowns made of metal include platinum alloys, as well as other alloys like nickel and chromium. All metal crowns are stronger and better choices for back teeth compared to ceramic crowns. All ceramic crown are popular for front teeth because they have the shape and color of your natural teeth.
Lakeside mentioned that a dentist will use different types of crowns and each has its own disadvantages and advantages. Your dentist will make this decision based on your bite, and on other factors like whether you grind your teeth as well as other personal factors.
Crowns usually last about 7 years but can last much longer, up to 40 years or so. In most cases, the crown is fine, but the teeth underneath can develop a cavity. This is why it’s so important to maintain good oral hygiene and to continue using good flossing techniques once you have a crown put on but your dentist.
How Does My Dentist Prepare the Tooth? We Asked Bisco Dental
When you need a crown, you may also need endodontic or root canal treatment on the tooth, suggest the experts at Bisco. But, this is not to say that everyone who needs to crown also needs root canal. Root canal treatment is the common course of action when there is a deep cavity that has reached the pulp of the tooth. After endodontic treatment, if there is very little of the original remaining tooth, your dentist may need to build a foundation to support a new crown. This foundation is where the dentist inserts a post and core. When placing a crown, your dentist will file down the tooth to make room for the new crown. A metal Crown will require less filing than that of PFM or ceramic ones. This is because these metal crowns can be made thinner than those made from other materials.
After your dentist files down the tooth, there are two ways that he could make the permanent crown. Whichever way he uses though, you will still l need two visits to the dentist to complete the process. During your first visit, you will receive a temporary crown. Your dentist will place this temporary cap on your tooth to protect it from getting infected or from getting bacteria in the drilled area. This offers protection while the permanent crown is being made.
“You see,” said Bisco Dental experts, “In the traditional way of placing a crown, your dentist will use a piece of thread or cord to push the gum away from the tooth. He will then make an impression of your teeth using a rubber-like material. He fills the area with this material and then removes it after it sets for about 5 minutes.” While this is the most traditional way of making a crown, there are dentists who use very high-tech equipment and tools and use digital technology to take impressions.
It is common for your dentist to also take an impression of the teeth above and below the tooth that receive the crown. The purpose is to make sure that the crown fits your normal bite. The impressions are sent to the lab where lab technicians make the crown. During that time, you will be using a temporary crown to protect your teeth. These temporary crowns are not made to last for a long time. However, in some instances, they can stay in place for a year or longer.If a temporary crown needs to last for longer time., ask for a lab made plastic crown as it is stronger and will last longer than the temporary crown made by the dentist.
Bisco Dental says that when a dentist places a temporary crown on your teeth he will use a special cement that is designed to weaken. This allows him to easily remove the temporary crown when your permanent crown comes in from the lab. During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. He may need to make some adjustments before he places it on the tooth permanently.
Again, some dentists have invested in expensive equipment and if he owns a Cerac or CAD-CAM unit, he can make the permanent crown in that first visit. To do this he will make a 3D image of the tooth, then the computer will make the crown from a small block of porcelain and he can place it on your tooth.
What Happens Next is Important According to Gulf Coast Dental
Once your dentist places the permanent crown, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort or sensitivity say the experts at GCD. However, if you have not had a root canal, your tooth will still contain the nerve so you may have some temporary discomfort or sensitivity to cold, especially if you are only using the temporary crown. If you do notice pain when you bite down, contact your dentist. This may mean that the crown is too high and needs to be adjusted.
You might also notice a dark line right next to the gum line after you have a crown placed on a tooth. This dark line is the middle of the crown showing through the PFM. Don’t be concerned about this unless it appears on the front of your teeth and is visible and not aesthetic. Porcelain crowns do not have a metal base and if you see a dark line on your gums then you may need to have your crown replaced.
When you get a root canal or have a crown placed on your teeth, your dentist will prescribe special oral health hygiene products like a high fluoride gel to use at night. This will prevent you from developing cavities at the gum line, which can affect the nerve of the tooth underneath.
Crowns, especially porcelain ones sometimes crack and chip. Your dentist may be able to repair it in your mouth, but at other times, he will tell you that you need a replacement crown. When the crown doesn’t fit well over the prepared tooth, the cement could wash out from under the crown and bacteria can leak in and cause decay. If you have a crown and it seems loose, talk to your dentist about fixing it immediately. if you are experiencing an unusual odor around the tooth, this is a sign of decay and you dentist will need to check the area around the tooth.
Some people have had problems or issues with their crowns falling out. This is sometimes caused by weakened cement or an improper fit. If this happens to you, place the crown in a zip lock plastic bag and take it to your dentist. In most cases, your dentist can use your old crown as a temporary replacement.
But just because your dentist can refit your old crown, does not mean you should. You want to avoid putting your old crown back in your mouth yourself. However, if you do need to place it in your mouth again, clean it well on the inside. Use a toothpick to loosen and remove some of the gunk that is stuck on the inside in the crown. You can temporarily replace a crown using denture adhesive or temporary cement, but this is only a solution for the day.
A crown or Bridge can strengthen a damaged tooth, but can also be used to improve your appearance. A dentist may use a crown or bridge to conceal issues with mouth shape, tooth space, alignment and dental occlusion. When you have a missing tooth, it can be difficult to speak, or eat effectively, that’s why you should visit your dentist and discuss different options for replacement.
As many of us know, when you have a missing tooth, it can be difficult to communicate, speak, bite or even eat effectively. When a tooth is missing, it is essential to visit your dentist to discuss the dental options for replacement. Your dentist will use dental bridges to replace missing teeth.
Why are Bridges Important?
Dental bridges not only restore your smile and maintain your appropriate face shape, but they also help you choose food, speak and hold your jaws together when you bite down. This prevents teeth movement and drifting.
Dental bridges restore your smile and maintain the appropriate face shape. They help you properly chew food, speak and place the jaws together when biting. This helps prevent other teeth in the mouth from moving out of place or drifting apart.
What Type of Dental Bridges Can I Choose From?
There are three common types of bridges and most dentists will use one of these three.
Traditional Bridge — This is the most common used by dentists. The bridge is made of porcelain or ceramics and then fused to metal. A crown is attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and then the bridge attaches to the teeth.
Cantilever Bridge — This is used when there are two teeth on either side of the missing teeth to which the abutment is attached using wings.
Maryland Bridge — this bridge is made from a metal framework where the pontic (false tooth) is attached to the metal or porcelain wings that are cemented to the two abutment teeth. It is a conservative alternative to a traditional bridge.
How Much Does a Bridge Cost? Gulf Coast Dental Answers The Question for Us
A dental bridge will vary in cost depending on the number of teeth and your community. Most dental insurance coverage will cover at least a partial amount of the procedure, and if properly maintained, the bridge can last a number of years.
Maintaining Your Dental Bridge
You need to care for a permanent bridge and any crowns you have, just as much as you would your permanent teeth. You need to use appropriate brushing, dental floss and a proxy brush for cleaning between teeth. Proper cleaning will reduce the chances of your getting cavities or inflammation of the gums and protect the new dental hardware, say the experts at Forrest Family Dentistry, So you also want to stick to your regular twice a year check ups and professional dentist appointments to make sure everything is ok with your bridge and/or crowns.