Healthy Smile Dental
Hannah Baek, DDS
Dentist located in Woodridge, IL
Dental crowns and bridges are a few of the restorative dentistry services that Dr. Hannah Baek offers at her practice in Woodridge, Illinois. She applies these fixed prosthetic devices to accommodate for a patient’s missing teeth. Schedule an appointment at her practice, Healthy Smile Dental, to learn more about improving your smile, and the functionality of your teeth with a bridge or crown.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are crowns and bridges?
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.
What are crowns made of?
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.
When would I need a crown?
Dr. Baek may recommend you get a crown to:
- Replace a large filling
- Protect a weak tootxfh from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth after root canal
When would I need a bridge?
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.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
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.