Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are essentially hollow teeth placed over your existing teeth to improve their health and appearance. Crowns are excellent for strengthening broken, disfigured, or weakened teeth. They are also useful to improve the appearance of worn down or yellowed teeth. Dental crowns can be made out of many materials, including porcelain, metals, zirconia, and ceramics. Crowns can also be combined with bridges, which are used to fill areas where missing teeth would have been. Bridges and crowns have many similarities and differences, but they share a common goal, to create or restore your proper smile.
Dental crowns are one of the best solutions to repairing damaged teeth. As stated previously, they can be made out of many different materials. A popular choice currently is zirconia because of it’s incredible durability. Another common material is porcelain, which is bright white and blends in very well with your teeth. Crowns are attached to the teeth by filing down and cementing the crown to the original tooth. Filing down the tooth gets rid of any potential exterior damage such as sever chips, cracks, or discoloration. The new crown is set in place, and now offers protection from the aforementioned issues. Different materials work differently for crowns. Zirconia is more durable but doesn’t blend in as well as porcelain, which is whiter and better-looking, but more fragile than zirconia. Metal is also an option, but is recommended for use on teeth further in the back of your mouth, as they are shiny and don’t improve the look of your smile. There are many options, so before you get a crown, talk to your dentist to find out what is best for you.
Missing teeth are terrible. They make eating a nightmare, they’re uncomfortable, and they throw off the esthetics of your smile. Bridges aim to fix that problem. Bridges are actually made from two crowns and a false tooth to create a “bridge” of teeth, as the name suggests. In traditional bridges, the teeth the bridge is connected to are filed down in order to properly cement the bridge in place, identically to the process of installing a dental crown. The most important part of a bridge is the pontic, the tooth that actually replaces the original. The pontic is what makes a bridge a bridge. Without it, it’s just two crowns. Traditional bridges, like crowns, can be made out of different materials. Traditional bridges can be made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. Bridges can now be made out of zirconia as well, meaning you won’t have to worry about the bridge breaking. There are also different types of bridges as well, one being the Maryland bridge. Maryland bridges have a pontic and two “wings” on either side of it that connect to already existing teeth. Maryland bridges are good for missing front teeth that can’t have crowns.