What Is A Dental Crown Or A Dental Bridge?
A dental crown or a dental bridge is a ‘fixed prosthetic device’ that, unlike removable devices such as dentures, is cemented permanently over an existing tooth or a dental implant.
A good analogy to describe how a dental crown works is to think of a motorbike helmet “crowning” and snugly fitting over your damaged tooth to recreate a new tooth.
As the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. To fill a gap in your mouth a “bridge” of teeth is created by two crowns being anchored to the two existing teeth that are on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth sits in between to create the bridge.
Why Have A Dental Crown?
Crowns can help strengthen damaged teeth and aid in structure and function. Crowns can also be placed on top of an implant.
Why Will A Dentist Recommend A Crown?
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Why Have A Dental Bridge?
It is structurally important to fill a gap in your teeth because when a tooth is lost or removed your remaining teeth may shift which can make them vulnerable to gum disease and cavities, or your jaw joints may become imbalanced. A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and is an alternative to implants or dentures. Bridges do not need to be removed and can look as natural as your own teeth.
How Long Do Crowns And Bridges Last?
A crown or a bridge can last a lifetime, however they can sometimes become loose or fall out. To ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge you must practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the tooth or the bone holding it in place is damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by gently brushing them no less than twice a day and floss them too! To prevent damaging a crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard and/or sticky foods such as ice or toffee.
Why Buy Australian Made?
Here at the Dental Pod, we only use local or Australian laboratories to construct your customised dental crowns or bridges, assuring that the best quality materials and craftsmanship has been employed to skilfully match your natural teeth.
Call the Dental Pod today to make your next dental appointment – 6234 5114.
It’s time to think differently about your dental health.