A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic that restores a damaged tooth which still has its roots, making it look and function just like normal teeth. It can be made from a wide range of materials such as ceramics, metal-porcelain, zirconium, resin, and even gold. Crowns are almost identical replicas of original teeth and they are used by dentists all over the world.
As their name suggests, dental bridges are supposed to bridge a gap created by one of several missing teeth. A bridge consists from minimum two dental abutment crowns and at least one pontic (false tooth) that form a unique item. The pontic is designed to fit into the gap, while the abutment crowns are created to fit onto the two teeth adjacent to the gap. The role of the abutment crowns is to support the pontic and to lock it into position. Bridges are perhaps the most common solution to replace missing teeth whenever the patient can’t afford an implant or isn’t eligible to receive one.
The Role Of Crowns And Bridges
Their utility makes dental crowns and bridges the most widespread dental restoration treatments. They can address a wide array of problems such as:
– Broken, damaged, and missing teeth
Crowns are created to fit over a damaged tooth to hold it together and prevent further damage. They completely restore the shape and the functionality of the tooth they protect.
– Gaps between teeth
Both bridges and crowns can be used to fill in gaps created by damaged teeth, hence restoring the looks and the function of the mouth. By strategically placing bridges and crowns, dentists can prevent other teeth from migrating towards the gap created by tooth damage.
– Discolored teeth
In some severe discoloration cases, dentists may use crowns to cover up these teeth. In addition, placing a crown over a tooth that had root canal treatment is common practice. Crowns are made from a material that allows choosing the right color, being therefore very similar to the natural teeth of the patient. When properly made, crowns are 9identicat to natural teeth.
– Missing teeth
Dental bridges are the lest expensive and convenient solution to replace one or several missing teeth. The false tooth, called a pontic, works as replacement for the missing tooth, restoring both the appearance and the functionality of the jaw.
Crowns and bridges are effective yet fairly inexpensive treatments designed to solve a wide range of structural and functional tooth problems. In addition, they offer protection to vulnerable abutment teeth, preventing them from further damage.
How Can I Know Whether I Need A Crown Or A Bridge?
The best way to know what would be the best treatment for you is to discuss this with your dentist. Schedule an appointment to have your problem tooth examined. The dentist will then recommend you the right treatment.
If you have broken, extensively decayed or severely chipped teeth, you may need to protect these teeth with crowns. In case of missing teeth, crowns don’t work, so you’ll probably need bridges. Reach out to your dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible in any of the events described below:
– Visible signs of tooth damage
– Tooth pain, either intermittent or permanent
– Temperature sensitivity
– Pain during brushing your teeth
– Pain when chewing food
– Swollen and bloody gums
– Any tooth pain you can’t explain
If I Suspect I Need A Crown Or A Bridge, How Long Should I Wait Until I See My Dentist?
The sooner you see your dentist, the better. Pain is one of the symptoms that should trigger an early warning to make sure call your dentist right away. If you wait for too long, your treatment may become more difficult and more costly.