Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue or the bone.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Unfortunately, your dental crown can not be whitened with a whitening treatment. When we create your porcelain crown, we match it to the color of your natural teeth so it blends in seamlessly.
However, if your teeth begin to discolor while your dental crown remains white, you can receive a teeth whitening treatment to brighten your natural smile. This way you won’t have to worry about having yellow teeth.
If your crown has been damaged, you should give our Madison Heights dental office a call right away so we can repair it. If it’s been chipped, cracked, or completely broken, we can provide you with an effective solution.
Drs. Ayesha or Raman Saluja can fix your crown if you bring in all the pieces to your appointment, or they’ll have a new custom-craft crown made for you to replace it. We recommend that you never attempt to fix your crown with OTC dental glue.
Yes, you can replace your gold or metal crown with a porcelain crown so it can look more natural. During your initial consultation, our doctors can take a closer look at your crown and see what the best course of action is.
In some instances, if a crown fused to metal has been in your mouth for a long time, it can be a bit more difficult to change out. However, there still may be a chance to change it out with an all-porcelain crown.
Most dental insurance providers will cover your dental bridges. It’s always best to reach out to your provider beforehand to assure they will cover the costs or to see how much they’ll cover.
We also offer payment plans with CareCredi, a financial program that helps your pay for the costs of your bridge if your insurance doesn’t. Give our office a call to find out more about this option.
A dental bridge can last anywhere from five to 15 years. If you follow a good oral hygiene routine and visit our office for your regular dental checkups, your bridge may last even longer.
Unfortunately, your dental bridge will never be permanent like dental implants, but they do provide patients with an affordable, natural-looking tooth replacement option.