Crowns (cap) are restorations that is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure. There are various types of crowns, ranging from full porcelain to full metal crowns. Your dentist will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each kind for you.
Crowns may also be used to securely attach a bridge if the structure of the surrounding teeth is inadequate. A bridge is a dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to be cosmetically appealing and to restore proper occlusion. Like crowns, bridges are fully customizable and made of various materials, including porcelain and metals. Although not as permanent as a cap, bridges are bonded to the surrounding teeth and only removable by your dentist.
Both a crown or bridge requires two appointments. The first appointment, you are given freezing so that you are completely comfortable. Than the teeth are prepared and an impression is taken and sent to a lab. You will leave the appointment with either a temporary crown or a bridge. Care instructions will be given to you and sometimes medications are prescribed. Within a few weeks, the lab will return the fabricated crown or bridge. You are numbed and the temporary is removed. The real crown or bridge or tried onto your teeth to ensure it fits well and the colour matches with the rest of your dentition. Once you are happy with the final result, the restoration is bonded onto your teeth. You can now eat, drink, floss and brush your crown or bridge just like your other teeth.
Both crowns and bridges are created to match the color, height, texture, and overall appearance of your teeth. Most crowns and bridges will last for life, eliminating the need to replace them unless they fall out or become loose. You may prolong the durability of your crowns and bridges by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.