Crowns and Bridges
A decayed tooth may be severely affected and lose all the pulp from the inside, which might need a filling for it to function correctly. However, even with a filling, a tooth may cause problems while eating or drinking. There might be times when a filling would come out. To save oneself from the hassle of visiting the dentist several times, having crowns and bridges fixed on the teeth after experiencing a major loss of teeth is a wise option. Dentists at Truth General Dentistry at Sugar Land can help you decide which one of the two suits you and how it can make your dental discomfort better.
What are crowns and bridges?
A crown is a cover or cap that is put on a damaged or decayed tooth. It covers the complete tooth as compared to a veneer that covers only the front surface of a tooth. However, it is suitable when a person loses a considerable amount of tooth.
On the other hand, the dentist uses a bridge when a person loses a tooth completely. For placing a bridge, the dentists use the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. A bridge needs at least three crowns, two of which go on the healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth. The teeth on the sides of the missing tooth act as a support to fix the bridge.
When to choose a crown or a bridge?
The choice of using a dental crown and a bridge is dependent on the dentist. However, the dentist would suggest using the two in the following cases:
- To replace a missing tooth
- To cover a broken or crooked tooth
- When a dental implant needs a cover
- There is a chance of fracturing or losing a tooth
- To replace a filling when the majority portion of the tooth has been lost.
The procedure for fitting crowns and bridges
Both crowns and bridges are covers that fit on the natural teeth. Therefore, the dentist needs to reduce the size of the original tooth. After reducing the size of the teeth, the dentist at Truth General Dentistry takes the impression of the teeth to make the mold. If a dentist chooses to use porcelain for making the crown or bridge he/she will select the shade of the crown so that it matches the surrounding teeth.
The impression is then sent to a lab for the preparation of the crowns and bridges. By the time the crown or bridge is not ready, the dentist puts a temporary crown to cover the teeth. Later the dentist removes the temporary crown and fixes the permanent one on the teeth. The dentist then cements the permanent crowns and bridges on the teeth so that they do not fall off.
Taking care of crowns and bridges
Crowns and bridges can last for a lifetime if proper care is taken. A slight carelessness can make the crown or a bridge fall out. For longevity, the patient should practice good oral hygiene. A crown usually falls out if a person fails to take good care of the gums. Gum disease affects the crown and it eventually falls out. Therefore, keeping teeth and gums healthy is mandatory for making crown and bridge last for a lifetime. Brushing and flossing help a great deal in keeping good oral hygiene. Furthermore, visiting a dentist, at Truth General Dentistry at Sugar Land, regularly would help to last these for a longer duration.
Eating after getting a dental crown and a bridge becomes easy as compared to eating with a decayed or a missing tooth. However, a person needs to become accustomed to the crowns. Eating food that is soft and cut into small pieces can help at the initial stage. Furthermore, a missing tooth would make speaking difficult for a person. A bridge would add clarity to speech and would make speaking easy.