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How Do Crowns and Bridges Differ?

How Do Crowns and Bridges Differ?

Jun 01, 2021

The decision to choose either crowns or bridges will depend on the purpose. Crowns and bridges are both restorations used to repair the teeth and improve your smile. However, they are used in different situations and our Enfield dentist will take you through the difference between the two.

Bridges and crowns differ in three ways; appearance, purpose, and the process.

    1. How Do They Look?

Dental crowns are caps that are fixed on the teeth and encase the whole tooth to repair it. The crowns are available in different materials from porcelain to zirconia crowns. The material you choose will depend on the location of the affected teeth and cost. The dentist will discuss the different materials, their pros, cons, durability, and cost.

Dental bridges in Enfield, CT are false teeth that are made of a false tooth anchored with two crowns, placed on the adjacent teeth to anchor the teeth. The bridges are available in various types like the traditional fixed bridge, cantilever, and Maryland bridge.

    1. Why They Are Used?

A tooth crown can be used to fix a couple of dental imperfections like protecting a weak tooth, restore a broken and severely worn down teeth, and covering misshapen teeth. Crowns cover a dental implant and hold a dental bridge in place. The dentist can use a crown after a root canal procedure to strengthen the teeth.

A dental bridge is primarily used to replace missing teeth. A tooth bridge is one of the restorations used to cover gaps between your gums after the teeth are extracted. The other types are implants and dentures.

    1. How Are They Fixed?

Both dental crowns and bridges need a couple of dental visits, mostly two. The processes are almost similar.

      • Dental examination

Before either of the restorations is fixed, the dentist will first examine your teeth to check for the extent of the damage. An x-ray may also be done to examine the jaw and check for damage and bone loss.

      • Teeth preparation

Both dental bridges and crowns need teeth preparation for them to be fixed. The dentist will trim off the teeth to make room for the crowns and bridges. The amount removed will depend on the thickness of the crowns and bridges.

This process can cause a little discomfort and so the dentist will use local anesthesia to ease the pain. Sometimes, dental sedation is used on patients who have severe dental phobia, anxiety, and gag reflex.

The dentist will take an impression or cast of your reshaped teeth to make the crowns and bridges. It can take a couple of weeks to get the restorations back, and therefore, the dentist will cover the teeth with temporary crowns or bridges.

      • Fixing the restorations

The dentist will remove the temporary crown and bridges and replace them with permanent ones. A special block of cement is used to hold the restorations in place. The dentist may use a laser light to harden the cement in place. Excess cement is removed and the teeth polished for a final complete look.

How Long Do They Last?

Both the crowns and bridges are durable and long-lasting. They can last between 10 and 15 years depending on how well you take care of them. While no special dental instructions are required, it is important to care for your dental restorations.

  • Maintain your primary dental hygiene practices to keep bacteria away. Remember, the teeth underneath the restoration can decay too.
  • Limit your consumption of tea, coffee, and wine to avoid staining the teeth. Once the porcelain crowns and bridges are stained, you cannot whiten them. The dentist will have to replace them to match the rest of the teeth.
  • Avoid using your teeth as tools and it can weaken your crowns and bridges.
  • If you suffer from bruxism, wear a mouthguard when sleeping to prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
  • Visit our Enfield dentist every six months for an assessment of the quality of the restorations.

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