Dental crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices. They’re cemented on your teeth or implants. You can’t take them out to clean them, just like you would with dentures.
If you lose one or some of your tooth, your teeth’s alignment will be changed. There will be unwanted spaces between your teeth, and the overall structure of your smile will significantly change.
But don’t worry. A crown or a bridge can restore your tooth and your beautiful smile.
What’s the difference between a dental crown and a bridge?
To cover and protect your tooth, a dental crown is used. It restores normal shape and size of your tooth. After a root canal treatment, a dental crown can protect the restored tooth against further damage.
A dental bridge is different from a dental crown. It replaces one or more missing teeth. It replaces the gap left by the missing tooth. But it needs the neighboring natural teeth as an anchor.
Both options can restore your tooth. But the question is which one is a better option? It depends on your situation.
Large dental filling
If you have a sizeable dental filling that requires replacement, then a dental crown may be a better option. It’s especially true if there’s not enough tooth remaining. It’s also an ideal option if your tooth is weak from an injury or fracture.
Poorly shaped tooth and root canal treatment
A dental crown is also an option if you have a poorly shaped tooth. And, as mentioned earlier, after a root canal treatment, it’s necessary to protect the tooth using a dental crown. In that way, the treated tooth won’t break.
If you have gaps because of missing teeth, then a dental bridge is recommended. It’s vital to close the gap as it causes the remaining teeth to rotate to space. As a result, you’ll have a bad bite. You may think that a bad bite is only an aesthetic issue but it’s not. If not treated, it can lead to gum disease and TMD.
The bridge is placed on your natural teeth or implants. Because there are several material options to choose from, you can decide which material to use. However, your dentist at Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will help you determine what content is the best based on the cost, the location, and function.
Taking care of your dental crown and bridge
These dental restorations require proper cleaning and maintenance to make them last a lifetime. Take care of them the same way you would on your permanent teeth. That is, clean them properly.
Make sure that you tackle in between the teeth. Use dental floss to remove food debris in between your teeth. Then, brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste twice or thrice a day.
Cleaning your dental bridge or crown will help reduce cavities and prevent inflammation of your gum tissue. Don’t forget to visit your dentist for professional cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will examine your teeth, dental bridge or crown for any issues.