CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Crowns and bridges are a fixed solution to missing or damaged teeth. This restorative procedure uses prosthetic devices to return your smile to its natural state. If you have a severely decayed or worn tooth, these restorations will make a big difference to your daily life.
A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. A crown can make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. Your crown will last for many years, and can be prepared and placed in two appointments.
Reasons you may need a crown:
• You have a cavity that is too large for a filling.
• You have a tooth that is cracked, worn down, or otherwise weakened.
• You have had root canal treatment — the crown will protect the restored tooth.
• You want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile.
CARING FOR YOUR CROWN
Like natural teeth, crowns can break. And, the tooth under the crown can still get cavities. To prevent cavities or damage to your crown:
•Brush your teeth twice a day and clean between your teeth every day.
•Look for oral care products that have the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance, which tells you that they meet ADA standards for safety and effectiveness.
•Avoid chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects, such as pencils, especially if you have tooth-colored crowns.
•Be sure to see your dentist for regular exams and professional teeth cleanings.
A bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face. Your bridge is custom-made and will fit naturally with your bite and your smile’s appearance. Bridges can be fixed or removable. Types of fixed bridges include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. If you are interested in pairing a bridge with a dental implant, you can support the replacement teeth without needing to draw on the strength of your remaining teeth.
AFTER YOUR CROWN OR BRIDGE PROCEDURE
If you have had anesthetic, please be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. It is important that the temporary crown (or bridge) stay in place until the permanent crown is placed. Avoid chewing on the side with the temporary until we see you for your return visit. It is especially important to avoid chewing anything very hard or sticky on the temporary crown. Examples to avoid: gum, hard crusty bread, taffy, or hard candy. Brush as usual, but do not floss around the temporary. If the temporary crown becomes dislodged or feels uncomfortable, please give us a call. Some cold sensitivity and tenderness around the gum is normal for the first few days.