Crowns and Bridges: How do they Work?

What are Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns and bridges are fixed, prosthetic devices for your teeth. Unlike wearing dentures, when you have a crown and bridge treatment, you will never have to worry about taking out your false teeth to clean them. Crown and bridge work is cemented onto your existing teeth or even onto implants, and they can only be removed by your dentist.

Crowns are used to cover over a damaged tooth, a cap covering the offending tooth. The crown that is used to cap over the tooth can strengthen your tooth, stop toothache and further decay, and can also improve the shape and alignment of your tooth. Crowns can be placed over existing teeth or over implants, to provide a finish that is natural looking.

Crowns are either ceramic or porcelain, and they are made to match the colour of your existing teeth. In short, no one will know that the crown is not your original tooth. You may also choose a gold or metal alloy crown, these being recommended for back teeth. Acrylic crowns can also be used, and the type of material used will be discussed with your dentist.

Crowns are recommended by your dentist to replace large fillings, where there is not enough natural tooth left that is healthy to use a normal filling, to protect weak teeth, to restore fractured teeth, to cover implants, and to attach to bridges. Crowns can also be used to complete a root canal process, and in all instances, crowns will help shape your teeth.

Crowns and Bridges: How to Bridges Work?

Bridges can be used to fill gaps that are left in your teeth, generally after extractions. When you have missing teeth, your remaining teeth will rotate or shift and this can cause problems with your bite and also the general look of your teeth. An imbalance in your natural teeth can also lead to other problems such as gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorder.

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Bridges will span the space where you have missing teeth, and they are cemented to your existing teeth. Bridges can also be attached to implants, and replacement teeth known as pontics are attached to the bridge. Your natural teeth where the bridge will be attached to are known as abutments.

Both crowns and bridges are very popular treatments for people who want to improve not just their smile but their overall dental hygiene. Following extractions, too many people simply ignore the gaps in their teeth, allowing for their teeth to twist and deform. Crown and bridge work is available both privately as well as on the NHS, and with dental plans it really is an affordable option that can save your teeth and gums.

An initial consultation with your dentist can allow you to see what type of crown or bridge work will be suitable for you. Many people are opting to replace ugly denture partials with crown and bridge work, the freedom of not having to worry about taking dentures in and out well worth the cost of the work for your new, permanent smile.