Crown and bridge treatments are popular and widely available both privately as well as by NHS dentists. They can help restore your smile and the overall health of your teeth and gums, giving you the freedom to smile widely without having to cover gaps in your teeth or wear dentures.
Crown and Bridge: How are they Made?
Before a crown and bridge treatment can be placed over existing teeth, the tooth or teeth in question must be reduced to a size so that the bridge or crown will fit properly. Once the tooth or teeth are reduced in size, molds and impressions will be made that will then be sent off to your local dental lab. In the case that porcelain is used for your treatment, the exact colour to be used will be defined, the shade being made to match your existing teeth perfectly.
Your local dental laboratory will then use the impression to make the crown or bridge in the material that you and your dentist have opted for. A temporary bridge or crown will be put in place whist your permanent crown is being made, this covering over large holes in teeth and ensuring that the area does not become infected whilst you wait for your crown or bridge to be manufactured to perfection. Once your permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary fitting will be removed and your permanent prosthetic will be cemented into place over your already prepared teeth.
Crowns and bridge can last many years, and depending on your age, they can even last a lifetime. However, there is always the possibility that they will fall out or come loose. It is therefore extremely important to take care of your new teeth and practice good oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of your treatment. Bridges may start to fail if the supporting teeth or bones are damaged, and gum disease can also provoke problems with your crown and bridge work.
As a wearer of crowns or a bridge, you need to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, and you should ensure that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day. To prolong the life of your new prosthetics, you should avoid chewing very hard foods, and of course you should maintain a healthy diet too.
If you are sick of wearing ugly dentures, or hate having to hide your smile behind broken and cracked teeth or gaps in your teeth, crowns and bridges could be the answer that you are looking for. They are a far cry from old fashioned dentures, and as long as you have supporting teeth that are healthy and do not suffer from gum disease, there is no reason why you should not discuss the option of this treatment for your teeth. Contact your dentist to discuss what treatments will work best for you and your teeth and gums. From veneers to root canal work, implants, to bridges and crowns, there are always methods available to you that will improve not just your smile but your overall oral hygiene.