Crowns and bridges are dental restorations used to restore teeth that are either cracked, broken, or heavily filled.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are cap-shaped restorations that encase the visible portion of your teeth. Crowns differ from veneers as they are designed only to surface cracks and imperfections of the teeth. If a significant amount of teeth structure is missing from the gum line, then a crown would be the perfect choice of restoration.
What are the functions of dental crowns?
Dental crowns function by strengthening damaged teeth. Porcelain crowns are well-known to be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Such crowns help improve appearance as well.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are designed by using two or more crowns for teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These two crowns are known as an abutment and the crown in between them is known as the false tooth.
What are the functions of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are capable of:
- Restoring the smile
- Restoring the ability to chew and talk
- Maintaining the posture of the face
- Helps distribute equal forces on the teeth
- Prevents drifting of teeth
Although crowns and bridges are built to last, it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene in order to keep them on for longer. Here are a few ways to ensure that your restorations are in good shape:
- Brush your teeth and gums with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss regularly by using dental floss.
- Ensure to appear for regular hygiene visits that would include preventive checkups and professional cleanings.
- It is advised to avoid chewing on hard food.
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