Crowns are durable coverings that surround the entire tooth. Made of durable porcelain material that can be tinted to match neighboring teeth, crowns are used to:
Crown placement usually requires two visits. During the first visit, a small portion of the tooth surface is removed to make room for the crown and an impression is made to serve as a mold. A temporary crown usually is placed over the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. At the second office visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is placed over the tooth and secured to the surface with dental adhesive. A final buffing ensures the crown fits comfortably and securely.
Bridges are dental appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are composed of a metal framework and one or more prosthetic teeth that are shaped and tinted to blend with the neighboring teeth. Bridges are supported by the teeth left on either side of the gap made by the missing tooth using strong adhesive or special clips so the bridge can be removed for cleaning. These teeth are covered in crowns to provide extra support and protection.
Most bridges can be placed in two office visits. During the first visit, the teeth that will support the bridge are prepared to receive crowns, and an impression is made and sent to the lab where the bridge and crowns will be made. At the second visit, the crowns are applied to the supporting teeth, and the bridge is put in place and carefully fitted.
Crowns and bridges require regular brushing and flossing and routine dental visits, just like natural teeth. Cleaning around permanent bridges can take a little practice to ensure the gums and neighboring teeth are properly cleaned.
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