A crown is a cap that sits over an existing tooth, while a bridge replaces one or more missing or extracted teeth in a row.
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You may be a suitable candidate for a crown if your gums are healthy and free from disease, although even if you have gum disease, we can work with you to improve gum health before proceeding with a crown.
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge may be a suitable option, so long as your jawbone is strong and healthy and neighbouring teeth on either side of the gap are healthy. Otherwise, dental implants may be a better option for increased strength, stability and longevity.
With proper care, your crown or bridge can last between five and 15 years. The treatment process for placing a crown or a bridge spans across several visits and typically involves the following steps:
Partial dentures or a fixed implant bridge are alternative solutions for replacing extracted or missing teeth. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it’s worth booking a consultation to understand what’s appropriate for your needs.
Taking care of newly restored teeth is easy when you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and attend regular check-ups with the dentist. Prosthetic crowns and bridges need the same care as real teeth with the exception of watching foods that can stain or chip. Here’s a handy checklist to follow for looking after your crown or bridge:
Crowns and bridges can be made of different materials depending on which tooth is being replaced and whether it sits at the front or back of the mouth. Back teeth need to be supported by strong material such as zirconia to endure chewing and biting forces, while front teeth require a material that blends in naturally, like porcelain does. Sometimes, porcelain is layered over zirconia for combined durability and aesthetics and can be used for front and back teeth. Acrylic or composite resin may also be temporarily used as part of the immediate implant placement process while the mouth is healing.