Dental crowns and bridges are mainly fixed prosthetics that are cemented onto the existing implants or teeth by a dentist or a Prosthodontist. Crowns are mostly used to entirely cover a damaged tooth or cover a damaged tooth implant. On the other hand, dental bridges are commonly used to cover up the space of one or more missing teeth. They are basically cemented to natural teeth or tooth implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood. Unlike the other removable dental devices such as dentures that can be easily taken out and cleaned on a regular basis, dental crowns and bridges are cemented onto the existing teeth, and can only be taken out by a dentist.
How Do Bridges and Crown Work?
A crown is used to cover or cap a damaged tooth and besides, strengthening and covering a damaged tooth, it can also be used to improve the appearance, alignment, and shape of the teeth. It can also be placed on top of a tooth implant to provide a tooth-like-structure and shape for function.
Bridges are mainly recommended by a dentist if you are missing one or more teeth. Spaces left by missing teeth cause the remaining teeth to shift or rotate into the empty spaces, which further results in a bad bite. Also, the imbalance caused by missing teeth can lead to temporomandibular joint issues and various gum diseases.
When is a Dental Bridge or Crown required?
Crown and Bridge are recommended by a dentist to repair a number of different dental issues including:
- When a tooth is damaged or fractured
- When a tooth is misshapen
- When a tooth is discolored
- When too much decay has damaged and weakened the tooth
- When a dental bridge needs an anchor
Crown and Bridge Aftercare
Once your bridge or crown is fitted, it is very important for you to maintain a regular and effective schedule of oral hygiene. You should remember to brush and floss at least three times a day, giving extra attention to floss around the crown area. This will definitely help avoid decay where the tooth and the crown join together. Besides, you should also avoid eating sticky foods such as toffees and candy bars, and do not use your teeth for things like crushing ice, gnawing fingernails, chewing pens, etc.
Whether you have a bridge or a crown, the most crucial thing is to regularly visit your dentist for a regular checkup and clean. This way issues related to your oral hygiene can be detected early, allowing them to be treated before they become severe and painful.
How long will a Crown and Bridge last?
The durability of a bridge or crown completely depends on the regularity as well as the effectiveness of your dental hygiene routine. However, generally, these dental prosthetics last for some 7 to 15 years but longer periods are also possible if you take good care of them and regularly visit for dental checkups and cleaning.