Dental Crown and Bridge Therapy
What is a dental crown? And how about a tooth bridge? They are both trusted options in restorative dentistry. Crowns repair damaged or decayed teeth, and bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Both are fixed prosthetics that can only be removed by your dentist. Learn more about the dental crown in Midwest City from Dr. Steven Kendrick.
What Is the Difference Between a Dental Crown and a Bridge?
A dental crown is used to repair or restore a decayed or damaged tooth. When it is supported by a dental implant, a single crown can replace one missing tooth.
Dental crowns may be recommended to fix the following issues.
- Restoring a decayed tooth when there is not enough room for a filling
- Strengthening a broken or fractured tooth
- Restoring a dental implant
- Making cosmetic improvements to a flawed tooth
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic made out of one or more dental crowns affixed to each other. Using the two natural teeth as anchors, it fills in the space left by one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge allows you to chew, smile, and speak with confidence after tooth loss. It also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.
How Is a Dental Crown Placed?
Also called a cap, the dental crown fits over the visible portion of the tooth, right down to the gum line. A crown can be made out of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold, or metal alloys. Natural-looking porcelain is best for teeth in the front of the smile. You and your dentist can discuss which material offers the best solution for your unique case.
To place a dental crown, your dentist must reshape the natural tooth first. It is necessary to remove tooth enamel to create enough space for the new dental crown to fit on top.
With CEREC technology, a beautiful ceramic dental crown can be placed in just one visit to the dentist. The traditional method for a dental crown requires two appointments with a week or two of waiting in between. But with CAD/CAM (computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing) technology and an in-house milling machine, your dentist can plan, prepare, manufacture, and place your dental crown from the comfort of our state-of-the-art office.
Caring for Your New Dental Crown or Bridge
After your crown or dental bridge in Midwest City has been placed, keep up with your dental hygiene habits to protect it. Cared for properly, your new restoration can last for many years -- or even a lifetime. Continue brushing for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Concentrate on the area below the crown to prevent plaque and bacteria buildup.
Avoid chewing ice and hard, sticky, chewing foods to protect your crown or bridge. If your dental work falls out or becomes loose, contact your dentist immediately.
If you would like to discuss your upcoming dental crown or bridge treatment, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kendrick, please get in touch with Midwest Dental Center today!