This is one of the most common questions people have about crowns and bridges: what exactly are they? Dental crowns can add aesthetic value to your teeth as well as serving a functional purpose of keeping dental bridges and dentures in place.
Think of dental crowns as a sort of cap. The same way you would cap a bottle or jar, you're placing a cap over your teeth. This can also help prevent bacteria build up inside your tooth if you have exposed fillings or decaying teeth. Dental crowns are often made of porcelain or ceramic to mimic the texture and color of natural teeth. Some people opt for it to be made of other materials such as gold.
Dental bridges may be recommended if you are missing more than one tooth. If this is not corrected, it could cause teeth to shift and rotate, leaving you with crooked teeth which can be painful and eventually develop into gum disease.
Dental bridges are similar to dentures except they are crafted, tooth-by-tooth, for your mouth. They can be made out of porcelain or ceramic to mimic the natural texture and colour of a real tooth. Dental bridges are held in place by crowns.
What Are the Benefits to Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges can help restore your teeth to their former beauty, making your smile look bright and full again. If you've recently had a root filling and it is exposed, then dental crowns are the perfect solution to cover these fillings. Dental crowns are also a perfect solution if your fillings are discolored from everyday stains and wear. If you are thinking about getting dentures or a dental bridge, then you'll likely need dental crowns to help keep them in place. This will also improve the overall look of your dentures or dental bridges.
Dental crowns also help with decayed and misaligned teeth, creating a more even look and feel. Your teeth will not only be beautiful but also less prone to bad bacteria buildup caused by crooked teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges have the potential to last a lifetime, however, sometimes they may still become loose or fall out. The longevity of your crown or bridge can be lengthened with proper oral hygiene, from twice-daily brushing to flossing and the use of mouthwash.