Where damage to a person's teeth is severe and apparently beyond repair, one of the most reliable dental restorations that can help are dental crowns and bridges. The most sought-after technique to permanently repair many severe dental problems, crowns are cap-like ceramic structures that help restore damaged teeth. In contrast, bridges are prosthetic teeth used in place of the missing or extracted ones to improve the mouth's aesthetics and functionality.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration that "caps" the tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, and function. They are cemented onto an existing tooth, and they cover the portion of the teeth above the gum line so that the crown becomes your tooth's new outer structure.
A crown is used when the teeth are severely broken or decayed that fillings cannot fix them. A crown is also used to seal the tooth after root canal treatment to prevent it from breaking.
Porcelain crowns are most commonly used as they are very strong, and they mimic the appearance of the natural teeth, though metal crowns are also available.
Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth anchored to neighboring teeth that replace one or more missing teeth. When a missing tooth is replaced with a bridge, the neighboring teeth are prepared as crowns that act as abutments supporting the prosthetic tooth.
Bridges are made from alloys, porcelain, or gold, or a combination of these materials and are permanent. However, a bridge's success depends on its foundation - the adjacent teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it is important to take care of them and keep them healthy and strong.
To learn more about a dental bridge procedure with Dr.Mohsena Ahmad at All-Star Dental Office, request an appointment online or call us at (408) 275-0768