Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices applied to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth. A crown acts as a cap that will cover a single tooth or implant, while a bridge serves to replace the gap left by one or more missing teeth.
A crown is a cap for your tooth usually made from porcelain. Porcelain crowns can be made to match the color of your existing teeth.
Dr. Baek may recommend you get a crown to:
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Losing one tooth can easily cause the teeth on both sides of the gap to become weaker, and at risk for shifting without the support of the missing tooth. This can also create an improper bite which puts greater stress on the tooth and can go as far as causing further shifting and eventually costing you another tooth.
From an aesthetic perspective, bridges can enhance your smile. They can be made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth while also protecting them.
Crowns and bridges can endure an average of 10-15 years with proper application and care, but many people can maintain crowns for decades. Crowns and bridges may become loose and fall off as they age. When this happens, Dr. Baek can clean up the supporting teeth to reaffix them.
In some cases, a bridge or crown comes off due to decay underlying the device. Decay can even create holes in a crown or bridge due to wear and tear on the top. If the decay isn’t caught soon enough for Dr. Baek to reconstruct the supporting tooth, you may need a new crown or bridge.
Crowns and bridges can last their longest with proper dental care and regular check-ups. Avoid chewing on hard foods and objects, and if you grind your teeth, make sure you get a nightguard to protect your crowns and natural teeth.
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