Both crowns and most bridges are non-removable devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures; crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants. Here are a few reasons for recommending crowns:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth for cosmetic reasons
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A dental bridge is an option used to fill in a tooth or teeth that is/are missing. Bridges are exactly what they describe: one or more teeth on either end of a missing tooth or teeth are prepared for crowns and a “fake” tooth is connected onto the crowns and sits on top of the gums.
There are many different materials used to make crowns and bridges from gold, porcelain, plastic, and tooth coloured metals. Crowns and bridges can often last a lifetime, but they do sometimes come loose or fall out. To ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge one must practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by cavities or gum disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
Please speak with our Dental Team if you have any questions to clarify how a crown or bridge can be an option or possibly benefit you.