Crowns and Bridges Explained
Dental crowns and bridges are a great way to address dental imperfections in a way that looks and feels natural. Materials advancements allow for crowns and bridges to be matched to the colour and texture of your natural tooth; blending seamlessly with your own smile.
The Purpose of Dental Bridges and Crowns
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion. Both crowns and bridges are carefully crafted to match the colour, height, texture, and overall appearance of your natural teeth.
A dental crown, or cap as it is often called, is a restoration that is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure. A dental crown completely encircles that tooth or dental implant to provide strength. There are various types, ranging from full porcelain to full metal, with advantages and disadvantages to each material.
Dental crowns may also be used to securely attach a bridge if the structure of the surrounding teeth is inadequate.
A bridge is a dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are designed to be cosmetically appealing and to restore proper occlusion (bite).
Like dental crowns, bridges are fully customizable and made of various materials, including porcelain and metals. Bridges are bonded to the surrounding teeth and only removable by your dentist.
Dental crowns and dental bridges are very durable and last many years, if you take care of your teeth and gums. Maintain longevity by practicing good oral hygiene and ensuring regular check-ups and cleanings.
Connect with Dr. Bis to discuss if dental crowns and our bridges is the right choice for you.