Crowns & Bridges
Tooth loss can lead to many problems including adversely affecting your ability to speak and chew. It also affects the appearance of your smile. Kevin S. Bone, D.D.S., employs both crowns and bridges to provide long-lasting solutions to these problems.
Crowns or caps are usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or to prevent an existing filling from becoming loose or dislocated. They also serve a cosmetic purpose. Crowns help restore a discolored or stained tooth to its natural appearance.
Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, a good quality crown could last a very long time. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges. Only your dentist can remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are typically used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue or the bone.