While everyone has certainly heard of dental crowns and bridges, many may not be entirely sure what they exactly are. Simply put, crowns and bridges are used to replace or restore a tooth or several missing teeth. They are fixed devices, making them a step above dentures, which must be taken out and cleaned on a daily basis. In the case of a single missing or damaged tooth, a crown is used as a replacement, and bridges are used to replace several missing teeth. While a dentist may recommend one of these permanent fixtures for one of several reasons, such as to cover an implant or to conceal a broken tooth, there are actually many benefits of crowns and bridges. Let’s take a look at these advantages, as well as some of the common questions regarding these dental fixtures.
What are the Common Advantages of Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges can work wonders for restoring a person’s smile as well as their confidence! In an event where one’s teeth are chipped, decayed, or one or several teeth are missing, these fixtures look extremely natural and can be applied with ease. Often, patients have a tooth with a large filling, for which a crown can be beneficial. Or, there may be discoloration of a single tooth or several teeth, and crowns or bridges provide a wonderful solution. Bridges are extremely strong and durable as opposed to dentures, and they are also permanent, providing a convenience to those who wear them.
What are the Types of Crowns and Bridges?
It is important to remember that not all crowns and bridges are the same. Base metal alloys dental crowns are a strong type of crown that is often used. Also available are gold alloys crowns, ceramic, and porcelain crowns. Your dental professional will determine which type is right for you based on your personal needs.
Dental bridges are available in several types. The most common type is traditional bridges, which are made from porcelain. A resin-bonded bridge, or Maryland bridge, are made from porcelain and supported by a metal frame. Cantilever bridges are used when supporting teeth are on one side of the missing tooth.
Why Do I Need To Get a Crown or a Bridge?
There are several reasons why a person may need to get a crown or a bridge. Perhaps you have had a root canal, and the function of the tooth needs to be restored. Or, it may be that a single tooth has unsightly discoloration. Other reasons include the restoration of a tooth due to advanced decay, or preventing the worsening of an already cracked tooth. Dental professionals also recommend crowns in order to attach bridges to teeth. A bridge may be needed if a person is missing several teeth in a row. The missing teeth can be a result of periodontal disease, trauma to the mouth, or any other reason for tooth loss.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure of Getting a Crown or a Bridge?
The procedure during which you receive a crown or a bridge is actually quite simple! When a crown is needed, you can expect to have two visits. During the first visit, the dentist will examine the tooth in order to ensure that a crown is an appropriate solution. He or she will also file down or perhaps fill it in so that it is the proper size to support the crown. Once the tooth is ready to receive the crown, an impression will then be taken so that a permanent crown can be made. You will then receive a temporary crown during your first appointment. The second appointment is when the permanent crown is received. The dentist simply applies it with a special adhesive.
The process of receiving a bridge is also quite easy and painless. You can expect a local anesthesia while the work is being done to prepare for the bridge to be received. The dentist will drill the teeth so that the bridge fits on top of them, and it will be cemented to hold it permanently in place.
How Costly is the Procedure for a Crown or Bridge?
The cost for a crown or bridge varies and is based upon many different factors. The most obvious factor that can affect the cost is the type of crown or bridge that is used. While there generally is no set cost for receiving a crown or bridge, each patient can expect to pay approximately $500-$2000 or more per crown and $500-$1500 per tooth for a bridge. Candidates for crowns or bridges must take into consideration the following:
- The cost of an exam and x-rays, which can cost on average $150.
- The cost of the materials used, costing on average $500 per tooth or more.
- The number of pontics needed (when receiving a bridge).
- The cost of creating the crown or bridge.
- How complex the procedure is. This will vary from patient to patient.
What is the Best Way to Care for a Crown or Bridge?
Caring for a crown or a bridge is easy. The most important thing to remember is not to chew on or bite hard foods in order to prevent cracking the fixture. Practice good oral hygiene, including daily flossing. Always see your dentist for regular check-ups, and if there is a problem with the crown or bridge, including if it comes loose, call your dentist immediately.
Learn More About the Benefits of Crown and Bridges
At Shore Smiles Dental, we specialize in crowns and bridges that help you look and feel your best as well as provide immense confidence! We offer a free consultation to answer any questions that you may have about the fixtures or the benefits of crowns and bridges, as well as provide any additional information. We are experts in helping patients determine which option is right for them. If you are looking for the best possible tooth replacement and restoration solution available, contact us at 516-797-0300 or fill out our convenient online form to get started today!