What is a bridge?
Bridges are a stationary (non-removable) dental prosthesis fixed to teeth, adjacent to a space. They are cemented or bonded to supporting teeth or implants to replace one or more missing teeth.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is much like what its name suggests: a cap that covers the head of a tooth that has somehow been damaged. The cap protects the healthy part of a tooth so that it does not deteriorate further and to alleviate any pain that a person experiences from the damaged tooth. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, such as metals (like gold), ceramics, resins, or a combination of two. They are fitted and placed in position by a dentist, and last for a period of years.
Why is my dentist recommending this?
You may have developed large cavities or have cracked a tooth unexpectedly. Or, you might have undergone a root canal, requiring a cap to protect the exposed tooth. Some patients learn that a large filling in a tooth from years before may have caused deterioration or cracking that can be restored with a cap. Although crowns are common, you should always have your dentist explain the reasons for having such a procedure and the type of material used for the crown, as the length of time the crown lasts can vary.
What can I expect?
A crown installation starts with an impression of the tooth made in our office and the fitting of a temporary crown so that the permanent fixture can be made. The tooth is numbed as your dentist files away a portion of the tooth leaving the “head” that will receive the crown.
What about a recovery period?
There is normally very little pain or discomfort. When the crown is finished, usually in a matter of days, you’ll return to our office and your dentist will install it as well by cementing it in place, again with minimal discomfort. The crown is then much like any natural tooth, requiring no special care or precautions beyond normal, regular dental hygiene. Crowns made from porcelain can be shaded to appear as natural teeth.