Understanding How Dental Crowns and Bridges Work
Dentists often use dental crowns and bridges to restore severely decayed or damaged teeth. Unlike removable dentures that can be removed daily, crowns and bridges are permanently cemented onto your existing teeth or dental implants and can only be removed by a trained dentist. Crowns completely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth above the gum line, while bridges are usually recommended if you’re missing teeth. Cemented to your natural teeth or implants surrounding a gap where your missing teeth should be, bridges help “bridge” the existing gap and provide much-needed support. Bridges usually require three crowns or more to span your missing teeth.
Whether you need a dental crown or a bridge in our Livonia dental office, Livonia Dentistry will need to prepare your teeth by reducing the affected tooth (or teeth) in size so the new crown or bridge will fit right and function well within your bite. Once the reduction is complete, we’ll create a mold of your teeth to be sent to a special dental lab for fabrication. Then we’ll determine the best shade to match your natural tooth color as closely as possible. While you’re waiting for your permanent crown, we’ll place a temporary crown to your tooth to help protect it in the interim.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges for Livonia Patients
While there are many types of restorative dental procedures available, dental crowns and bridges offer many advantages for our Livonia patients, including:
- Strength / Support – Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, restoring function, while bridges provide much-needed support. Dental crowns and bridges tend to last longer than many other restorative methods, including removable dentures because they’re made of durable materials.
- Aesthetics – Because today’s crowns are often crafted from high-tech porcelains, they can be made virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Both crowns and bridges are more aesthetically appealing than the alternative of having missing or decayed teeth.
- Function – Dental functionality can be restored easily with the help of crowns and bridges. Speaking clearly and chewing efficiently are both things you’ll enjoy with the help of new crowns and bridgework.
Dental Crowns and Bridges May Last a Lifetime
While dental crowns and bridges may last a lifetime with the proper care (good oral hygiene and regular checkups and cleanings at the dentist), they do occasionally require repair work if they become loose or fall out. If you have dental crowns or bridges, the best thing you can do is to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. To learn more about dental crowns and bridges in our Livonia dental office, please don’t hesitate to contact Livonia Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our dentist.