Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are used to restore or replace missing or damaged teeth. They are commonly used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of the teeth and to restore the function of the mouth.

A crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to protect it and to restore its shape, size, and strength. It is often made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal and is custom-made to fit over the tooth. A crown can also be used to cover a dental implant or to hold a bridge in place.

A bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of a false tooth (or teeth) that is anchored in place by attaching it to the surrounding natural teeth or to dental implants. The false tooth is typically made of porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of materials, and is custom-made to match the color and shape of the surrounding teeth.

The process of getting a crown or bridge usually involves two or more visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the affected tooth (or teeth) by removing any decay or damage and shaping it to fit the crown or bridge. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth (or teeth) and send it to a dental lab, where the crown or bridge will be custom-made. A temporary crown or bridge may be placed over the affected tooth (or teeth) to protect it while the permanent device is being made.

During the second visit, the permanent crown or bridge will be placed over the affected tooth (or teeth) and secured in place. The dentist will check to ensure that it fits properly and that the bite is comfortable and natural.

Crowns and bridges can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Patients should practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.