Crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. They are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do Crowns Work?
A crown will entirely cover a damaged tooth. In addition to strengthening this tooth, a crown can improve appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be used over an implant to appear and function like a natural tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic to match your teeth.
Some of the functions of a crown include:
- Replacing a large filling
- Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restoring a fractured tooth
- Attaching a bridge
- Covering an implant
- Covering a discolored or misshapen tooth
- Covering a tooth after root canal
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge is an option if you're missing one or more teeth. These gaps where teeth are missing can cause remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. Missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders.
Bridges are often used to replace one or more missing teeth. They fill in the gap where teeth are missing. They are cemented to your natural teeth or implants on either side of the empty space. As with crowns, various materials can be used to create your bridge, and we will help you make the best decision for your needs.
With proper care, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit us for a checkup twice a year.
To learn more about crowns and bridges and if they are the best solution for you, call us today at (479) 621-9700 to make an appointment.