Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges were developed in order to repair and restore teeth in an effective and permanent way. Unlike removable devices like dentures or retainers, both crowns and bridges are considered fixed prosthetic devices, which means that they are cemented onto existing teeth and can only be removed by your dentist. Porcelain crowns and bridges are typically recommended for individuals who are living with badly damaged or missing teeth, as they will help restore a natural-looking smile.
Crowns and bridges are widely recognized as the most common form of dental restoration, as they are an ideal way to rebuild teeth that have either been broken or were made weak by decay. Porcelain crowns and bridges are made of tooth-colored porcelain, making them the best option if you are interested in a dental restoration that looks like your natural teeth. In fact, the majority of people with porcelain crowns and bridges say that no one – including themselves – can even tell the difference from their actual teeth. There are numerous ways in which porcelain crowns and bridges can improve your smile and outward appearance, including the following:
- Replace missing teeth
- Cover an unsightly dental implant
- Fill gaps or large spaces between the teeth
- Repair cracks and chips
- Cover up a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover up a tooth that has had a root canal
If you have any questions about other issues that a porcelain crown or bridge may be used to fix, please contact your dentist, Dr. Annette Van Natta today.
What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Even though they are both considered fixed dental prosthetics, crowns and bridges do differ from one another. Crowns are typically used to cover up or cap a damaged tooth. They are designed to strengthen the tooth, and improve overall appearance, shape, or alignment. Depending on the patient, a crown may be placed over an implant to provide a tooth-like structure that is both functional and natural looking.
On the other hand, bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges work by spanning the empty space where the tooth or teeth used to be. If you need a bridge, your dentist will cement the prosthesis to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the gap. At this point a replacement tooth, referred to as a pontic, is attached to the crowns.
While there are numerous material options for both crowns and bridges, porcelain is the most natural-looking and popular choice. In the past most crowns and bridges were made from metal materials, but this was unsightly.
How Long Do They Last?
If done right and properly maintained, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. However, they do sometimes come loose or even fall out. In the event this happens, it is important that you contact your dentist right away. The quicker you get in to see Dr. Van Natta, the better the outcome. In order to ensure the longevity of your porcelain crown or bridge, it is imperative that you practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing at least twice per day and scheduling routine cleanings with your dentist at least twice per year. If not properly cared for, a bridge can lose its support and more damage can be caused.
For more information on porcelain crowns or bridges or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van Natta to see if this is the right option for you, please contact our dental office. It is our goal to provide each and every patient with the dental service they need and deserve, no matter how old or young. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions regarding porcelain crowns or bridges, proper oral hygiene, or anything else.