Crowns and bridges are common dentistry procedures with a variety of uses that aim to restore and strengthen teeth as well as replace missing teeth in some cases. Let's take an in depth look at in what circumstances you may need them in and what benefits they can provide.
A dental crown acts as a cap or covering that is cemented over the visible portions of a tooth. There are many reasons why they could be needed, for example:
They come in a variety of different materials including: porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold. Your dentist will discuss which material would be best for your particular situation.
Contrary to popular belief, a type of crown can also be used on a child's teeth to protect them, particularly if they are decaying, have poor oral hygiene or are unable to be anesthetized easily. These crowns are usually made of stainless steel as they are lost when the baby tooth wiggles out.
Dental bridges are used to fill the gap between two teeth in the event that there are teeth missing or teeth have been removed. Similar to crowns, dental bridges can be fabricated using many different materials. The material chosen depends on the aesthetic demand, the way the teeth fit together and the size of the gap being replaced. The best material for your mouth will be discussed with you by your dentist.
One important element to note with dental bridges is that you must wait for healing before having them fitted after a tooth extraction, this gives you enough time for gums to heal so that the bridge can be fitted properly.
As you can see, crowns and bridges can be extremely beneficial in some cases. Costs vary depending on the number of teeth involved and material used. If you think you may need them or would like to book a consultation to learn more, contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our dentists.