Damaged teeth can deteriorate and begin to fall apart due to several reasons, including decay or trauma. The tooth function and your self-confidence can disappear if you have gaps or cracks in your smile. Dental crowns and bridges are available individually or as part of a smile makeover or dental implant treatment to treat these conditions, safeguard endangered teeth and restore damaged ones.
Additionally, if not replaced, a missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to drift out of position and misalign your bite, which can result in headaches and TMJ dysfunction. Therefore, missing teeth should be replaced as quickly as possible to protect your health and smile.
What are Crowns and Bridgework?
A Crown is a customized restoration designed to fit over a tooth that is structurally flawed either because of extensive decay or damage. A crown helps to strengthen, safeguard, and enhance the appearance of your tooth.
Crowning or capping a tooth usually requires two dental visits. During the first appointment, your tooth is readied to receive its new crown. The prepared tooth impressions are taken to have them manufactured at a dental lab. Sometimes on request, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. During the second appointment, your permanent crown will be secured to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to laser light or a kind of permanent cement.
A fixed bridge comprises one or two replacement teeth that are stuck to dental crowns mounted on healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. The crowns and bridge are permanently bonded together into place. A fixed crown and bridge are not removable like the partial or full dentures.
Crowns can also be used to create a convincing replacement for a missing tooth. This is achieved with bridgework, which covers the gap of the missing tooth, and its fabrication requires at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be positioned over healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, and these healthy teeth are mentioned as abutment teeth. The two crowned abutment teeth act as supports for a third crown placed in between them, and that third crown is referred to as a pontic.
How should you care for your Crowns and Bridgework?
Crowns and bridgework need the same meticulous care as your natural teeth. Don’t forget to brush and floss between all of your teeth, the natural as well as restored teeth, in order to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more vital to maintain your regular program of cleaning.
To know more, call us at (936) 564-2439 or schedule an online appointment with our dentists. We will be happy to guide you further.