What it is
Whenever a tooth is chipped, fractured, or has major decay a crown is the best option for providing a stable decay-free structure for the tooth. Crowns are made up of different materials like porcelain, gold, zirconium and more. Most crowns are the same color as natural teeth.
Getting a crown done is an easy two step procedure. First a patient will come in and have the decay removed from the tooth. A filling material is often used to build-up the tooth structure and allow the dentist to prepare the tooth for an impression. The impression is sent off to make the permanent crown. A temporary crown will be made and placed for the patient to wear until the permanent crown is delivered. Second the patient will come in to permanently cement the crown in place. Once this is done, the crown should stay in place and provide patients with a long-lasting structure for their tooth.
What it is
Bridges are very similar to crowns except they are fused together and have a filler tooth or a “pontic” tooth in the middle to replace a missing tooth. Bridges can be from a 3 unit to a 6 unit, meaning there is 3 to 6 crowns all fused together to form a stable bridge which replaces the decayed teeth as well as the missing teeth.
A bridge procedure is the same as getting a crown. Bridges however, are different from crowns because they require special maintenance after they are placed. Many patients will have to use floss threaders, interproximal brushes, or a Waterpik to help clean underneath the bridge to make sure no plaque is getting trapped. Our dentist and hygienist will ensure all patients know how to care for any crowns and bridges to ensure the longevity of the restorations. If you have any questions about our dental crowns and bridges or need to schedule an appointment please give us a call at (229) 377-6588.