Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges play an integral role in general dentistry, often restoring the aesthetics and functionality of one’s smile. At Sisko Dentistry in Tallmadge, OH, we employ advanced techniques and materials to craft restorations that blend seamlessly with natural teeth.
Did you know…
that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented. Today, crowns and bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and can usually be placed in as little as one or two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
Identifying the Need for Crowns and Bridges
- Missing one or multiple teeth
- Weakened or fractured teeth
- Aesthetically unpleasing gaps between teeth
- Teeth that have undergone significant fillings or root canal treatments
Why Crowns & Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are reliable and time-tested dental solutions. A crown essentially “caps” a damaged tooth, reinforcing its strength and improving its appearance. On the other hand, a bridge fills in the space left by missing teeth, relying on adjacent teeth or implants for support.
When teeth are missing or weakened, they impact the aesthetics and function, making everyday activities like eating or speaking challenging. Crowns and bridges restore this lost functionality, ensuring a balanced bite and preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting out of place.
Moreover, advances in dental technology have made it possible to craft crowns and bridges that look, feel, and function almost like natural teeth. This is especially crucial for those who are conscious about their appearance, ensuring a seamless blend with the rest of the teeth.
- Consultation: A thorough examination by our doctor at Sisko Dentistry determines the suitability of crowns or bridges for your dental condition.
- Tooth Preparation: The affected tooth is filed down to accommodate its cap for a crown. For a bridge, the adjacent teeth are prepped to support the bridge.
- Impression Taking: Impressions of the prepared teeth are taken to custom-design the crown or bridge for a perfect fit.
- Final Placement: Once the crown or bridge is ready, it’s cemented into place, ensuring its stability and alignment with the adjacent teeth.
Protecting Your Dental Work
The lifespan of dental restorations like crowns and bridges is closely intertwined with the degree of care and attention they are afforded. Much like our natural teeth, these restorations are susceptible to wear and tear, especially if exposed to undue pressures or poor oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing, while foundational, play a pivotal role in removing harmful bacteria and preventing plaque buildup that could compromise the integrity of the crowns or bridges. Proper oral hygiene routines can protect the underlying tooth structure and prevent potential problems like decay or gum disease.
In addition to daily oral care, certain habits can inadvertently lead to damage. For instance, biting down on hard objects can exert excessive pressure, risking cracks or fractures in the restorations. Similarly, foods that are overly sticky or hard can be problematic. Furthermore, scheduling regular dental check-ups isn’t merely a recommendation—it’s essential. These visits allow your doctor to monitor the condition of the crowns and bridges, ensuring they remain firmly in place and in good health. Taking a proactive approach, both in daily habits and routine dental visits, can extend the lifespan of your dental restorations, ensuring they serve you well for years to come.
Outlook for Crowns & Bridges
With modern dental practices and materials, crowns and bridges offer a lasting solution for many dental concerns. While they’re robust, it’s essential to treat them with care just like natural teeth. Regular visits to Sisko Dentistry can ensure any issues are detected early and addressed, maintaining your vibrant smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown is a “cap” placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Conversely, a bridge is used to fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth, anchored by crowns on either side or dental implants.
How long can crowns and bridges last?
With proper care, dental crowns and bridges can last for many years. However, their lifespan can vary based on the material used, oral hygiene practices, and regular dental check-ups at clinics like Sisko Dentistry.
Will the crown or bridge look natural?
Absolutely! At Sisko Dentistry, we use advanced materials and techniques to craft crowns and bridges that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, ensuring aesthetic and functional harmony.
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your crown or bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.
Embrace a Restored Smile
At Sisko Dentistry, we’re committed to bringing back the smile you deserve. If crowns and bridges sound like the solution you’ve been seeking, don’t hesitate. Connect with us today and embark on a journey to dental excellence. To schedule a consultation, kindly call us at (330) 633-9510.