Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns, also known as caps, hide misshapen, post root canal, misaligned or discolored teeth. They cover and protect cracked teeth, increase comfort, and strengthen weak or damaged teeth. Since they hide various imperfections, they improve the appearance of your smile. They can be matched to the color of your natural teeth and thus blend in seamlessly in your mouth.
You may benefit from a dental crown if you have:
- A broken, fractured, cracked, weak, worn down tooth
- A discolored, decayed or poorly shaped tooth
- A previous crown in need of an upgrade
- Bite issues
Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if:
- You need to cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- You need to cover a dental implant
What Are Dental Bridges?
Bridges are used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. Replacing teeth using bridges is important because gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to drift out of position, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges can be supported in any of three ways:
- By natural teeth
- By implants
- By a combination of teeth and implants
Benefits of Bridges
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Correct bite issues
- Prevent remaining teeth from rotating or shifting into the empty spaces
Care and Hygiene
Dental crowns and bridges should not be treated any differently than other natural teeth. You should continue daily oral hygiene with brushing and flossing. The only change recommended is when flossing around a dental crown, you should slide the floss out instead of snapping the floss up and out.
How Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Made?
Before dental crowns and bridges can be made, the tooth must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth, your dentist will take an impression and using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made.
How Long Do They Last?
If taken care of properly, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. The key to their longevity is good oral hygiene. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily will help maintain excellent oral hygiene with your new crown or bridge. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also recommended.
Dental crowns and bridges are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken, weakened or decayed and to feel confident again. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our renowned cosmetic dentist, Dr. George Harouni, call our Las Vegas, NV (Henderson, NV) dental office today at 702-434-9464.