What are Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?

If you have recently spoken to your dentist about the possibility of cosmetic dentistry in the future, then you are well aware of the terms dental crowns and dental bridges. While you may have heard these terms said before by a friend, a neighbor, or even your dental hygienist, if these sound like something you may want, it is important to know exactly what they are and how they can benefit you and your future. At Richmond Dental of Richmond, VT, we would love to answer any question you may have regarding these two things, leading to a blog article about them!

How do Crowns Work?

What are dental crowns you may ask? Well, a crown is used to cover a cap, otherwise known as a dental crown. A crown can add structure to a damaged tooth, and it can also be used to improve its appearance, alignment, or overall shape. A crown is placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth like appearance, and function. Crowns can be made of both porcelain or ceramic to match the color of your natural teeth making it indistinguishable from the surrounding natural teeth. Crowns can also be made of other materials that include gold and metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic.

How do Bridges Work?

If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be recommended by your cosmetic dentist. Gaps that are left over by missing teeth can cause the surrounding teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces. This imbalance can lead to bigger problems such as TMJ disorders. Bridges are most commonly used to replace more than one missing tooth. A bridge is cemented into the natural teeth that act as anchors for the bridge. The replacement tooth, also called a pontic, is attached to the crown that cover the anchors.

How are Crowns and Bridges Made?

In order to get the most precise crown and bridge, an impression is made of your teeth after a very thin layer of the enamel is buffed off to make room for the incoming implant. This impression is then sent off to a lab to be customized and will then be sent back to your dentist office to be implanted by familiar hands.

How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?

While crowns and bridges do not last forever, with the correct oral care regimen, they can last a very long time. Routine check-ups will be made by your dentist to ensure that everything is in perfect working order. If you are in interested in dental crowns or Bridges, feel free to give our Richmond, VT, office a call as soon as possible to set up a consultation.