Dental Bridges and Crowns
Dental CrownsCrowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that may be your solution to missing or damaged teeth. Crowns cover, or “cap,” a damaged tooth or implant, and bridges are commonly used to fill in spaces if you’re missing one or more teeth. We at Weekend Dentistry are proud to offer bridges and crowns to our patients seeking a permanent solution to restoring their smiles. With proper care, your new bridge or crown could last a lifetime after being fitted by S. Ben Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC.
A crown is often the best solution to cover an afflicted tooth while also strengthening it and improving your overall smile. Crowns improve the shape, alignment, and even color of a damaged tooth. Crowns can also be placed on top of an implant in the case of replacing a lost tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials and S. Ben Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will be sure to discuss which is the right fit for you. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are popular for front teeth because they can be made to match the color of your surrounding teeth. Gold and metal alloy crowns are typically stronger than porcelain, making them great materials for molars, or back teeth. Metal crowns with a porcelain bonding on the outside are often used because they provide the best of both worlds: strength and beauty.
We at Weekend Dentistry often recommend bridges for patients missing one or more teeth. Gaps created by missing teeth may eventually cause your remaining teeth to shift or rotate into the empty space and can leave you susceptible to gum disease and other concerns. A bridge uses the teeth or implants on either side of a missing tooth like anchors. Crowns will be made for those teeth, and a replacement tooth is then attached to the crowns. Like crowns, bridges can be made of many materials, and we’ll be happy to discuss which is right for you.
Getting Your Crowns or Bridges
If we determine a crown or bridge is the best solution for your smile, you may count on making two appointments. At first, S. Ben Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will reduce the afflicted tooth and take an impression, so your crown will fit over it properly. If we’ve decided on a porcelain crown or bridge, S. Ben Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will also determine the perfect shade for your restoration to match your smile. You’ll be fitted with a temporary crown or bridge, and your impression will then be sent to a dental lab, where your custom, restoration will be made.
On your second visit, S. Ben Kim, MS, DDS, PLLC will remove the temporary crown or bridge and your new permanent restoration will be cemented into place.
Following your visit, it’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene and commit to regular dental visits. Your new crown or bridge could last a lifetime, but they can be damaged by dental disease just the same as natural teeth. Be sure to brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss, and return for regular dental exams.
Crown Replacement and RepairThe lifespan of your crowns varies depending on many factors. One of the biggest determining factors in the lifespan of your crown is the material from which it is made. Metal crowns, for instance, have the longest lifespan, lasting up to 50 years or more. Ceramic crowns, while more aesthetically pleasing, have a shorter lifespan. These crowns are rated to last about 15 years.
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