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Crowns and Bridges

  • April 20, 2022

What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

A crown is a dental restoration that covers or caps a damaged tooth, while a bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth by attaching to the surrounding teeth.

When would I need a crown?

You may need a crown if you have a tooth that is decayed, cracked, or weakened. Crowns can also be used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth or to protect a tooth after a root canal procedure.

How long do crowns last?

Crowns can last anywhere from five to 15 years or longer with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.

Can I eat normally with a crown?

Yes, you can eat normally with a crown. However, you should avoid chewing hard objects like ice or popcorn kernels, as this can damage the crown.

How is a crown placed?

The process of placing a crown involves removing some of the outer layer of the damaged tooth, taking an impression of the tooth, and then creating a custom-made crown to fit over the remaining tooth structure.

What is a bridge made of?

Bridges can be made of various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.

How long does it take to get a bridge?

It typically takes two to three appointments to complete a bridge, with each appointment lasting about an hour.

How do I care for my bridge?

You should care for your bridge just like you would care for your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

Are bridges permanent?

Bridges are not considered permanent, as they will eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear over time.

Is a bridge a good option for me?

Your dentist can help determine whether a bridge is the best option for replacing missing teeth based on your individual needs and oral health.

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