When it’s time to improve your smile, your treatment options will depend on your particular case. But happily, there are lots of options to consider, including dentures. Some of these options are dental crowns and bridges. Porcelain crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dentist.
Dental bridge. Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Crowns. A crown covers a damaged tooth. They are used for various reasons such as strengthening a damaged tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance or shape and to fix alignment issues. As with bridges, crowns can be made of porcelain. Here are the reasons you will need a dental crown:
- To attach a bridge
- Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
- Protecting weak teeth
- Fractured tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal
If you are concerned about the upkeep of having crowns and bridges, worry not – they don’t require more effort than your typical dental hygiene routine. Maintain good oral hygiene by practicing proper dental routines and visiting your dentist for checkups on a regular basis. The only real change you may need to think about is avoiding foods that could damage your dental appliances to ensure they last a lifetime.
For more information about dental crowns and bridges, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
Drs. Barmby and Frick proudly serve patients from Walnut Creek and all surrounding areas.