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Bridges are important dental treatments for replacing, restoring, and protecting teeth. They offer both functional and aesthetic benefits.

Bridges help maintain ideal oral health by improving the strength of teeth, assisting in proper bite alignment by replacing missing teeth, and provide a complete smile.

Bridges are a vital treatment in dental restoration.Bridges are natural-looking dental prosthetics that replace a section or part of missing teeth. These prosthetics are custom-made and are barely noticeable. These can restore the natural contour of teeth and the proper biting relationship between upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are considered permanent, as they are cemented to the natural teeth that surround the empty space.

Bridges: 

  • Replace missing teeth 
  • Maintain facial shape 
  • Distribute biting forces evenly 
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting 

A bridge is used to replace missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause several dental problems. The remaining teeth can rotate or shift into empty spaces, resulting in poor bite function. The imbalance can also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, gum disease, and more.

To receive a bridge, you will need two appointments.

During your first appointment, the dentist will give you anesthesia to numb your mouth and prepare the necessary teeth for the bridge. Impressions may be made either digitally or physically. A temporary bridge will be made while your permanent bridge is being made.

The bridge will be ready after the impressions are developed in a dental lab. Once your bridge is ready, your dentist will place the bridge and confirm the fit. 

Crowns

A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a different type of dental prosthetic. This treatment encircles a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed to protect it and restore its look. This common procedure uses dental cement to secure the crown to the tooth, combining the original tooth and the crown into one natural-looking tooth.

Crowns:

  • Strengthen damaged teeth
  • Improve appearance and shape
  • Protect teeth from fracture
A crown can be used to:

  • Cover an implant
  • Cover a poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a root canal
  • Replace a large filling
  • Protect a weak tooth
  • Restore a fractured tooth

To receive a crown, you will have a series of appointments.

During your first visit, the dentist will prepare your tooth, take dental impressions, and place a temporary crown.

In between visits, your crown is developed in a lab.

You will then have a second visit, where the dentist will remove your temporary crown, evaluate the fit of your new crown, and bond the new crown to your tooth with dental cement.

Bridges and Crown Creation 

When a crown or bridge is made, the tooth is reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. The dentist then takes an impression to provide a mold for the crown or bridge. 

How to Get Dental Bridges and Crowns 

During your first visit, our dentists will examine what treatment is appropriate for you. Our team will be fully transparent with you about what your best options are. After this, we will schedule your bridge or crown procedure appointment.

Reach out today to schedule an initial appointment.

What is the difference between dental bridges and crowns? 

Dental bridges and crowns serve different purposes in dental care. A crown is a cap placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. It covers the entire visible part of the tooth above the gum line. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth anchored in place by crowns fitted onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap. While crowns are primarily for restoring individual teeth, bridges are used to fill the space of missing teeth.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Crowns and bridges usually last for around ten years. Crowns and bridges are intended to be a permanent solution, but they could become loose or fall out over time, especially if the teeth aren’t cared for. Best practices include brushing twice daily, flossing or using interdental cleaners once a day, and possibly incorporating products like antimicrobial rinses or tongue scrapers. Regular dental check-ups can help maintain the health of your crowns and bridges and overall dental hygiene. Our dentists can perform the procedure and help maintain it over the long term.