Dental work in the 21st century has come further than many people imagined that it would. Some of the great technologies of the 21st century include both dental crowns and bridges.
What Are Crowns & Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are two technologies that have become fixtures of dental technology in the 21st century.
Crowns are caps that are put over the damaged tooth to help restore the tooth’s natural look and protect the soft tissue below from further damage. Further, crowns are made of ceramic, gold, porcelain, or stainless steel.
Bridges are inserts that are put into the mouth to help replace missing teeth. They latch on to the remaining teeth on either side and allow you to complete your smile and chew food more easily. However, they must be taken out daily for cleaning.
Why Do I Need a Crown/Bridge?
A crown or bridge are used to protect teeth that are infected or damaged or lost teeth. Crowns are often used to fix a tooth that has an infection, whereas bridges are used to replace entire teeth that have had to get removed.
Your dentist may recommend crowns and bridges as part of your dental treatment if they seek to accomplish the following:
- Cover a misshapen/severely discolored tooth or implant.
- Cap your tooth after you have an extensive root canal treatment.
- Prevent and protect teeth that are prone to fracturing.
- Help restore fractured or broken teeth.
- Replace or cover fillings that have cracked or decayed.
- Bridge gaps that were caused by a missing tooth or missing teeth.
- Make cosmetic changes to someone’s oral health.
All of these different needs can get met through using either crowns or bridges as ways to fix existing issues.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
When you are undergoing a procedure to get a crown put in or to have a bridge fitted, your dentist will examine your mouth to see if a crown or bridge is needed. You will likely get x-rays taken as well.
If you need a crown fitting you will start by determining the extent to which your tooth is damaged. The entire procedure can normally get completed in 2 to 3 dental visits.
Your first appointment will involve receiving anesthesia and getting your tooth filed down for the crown to fit. Once the tooth gets filed down, custom imprints will get taken of your tooth.
Once you get your impressions made, you will come back in a couple of weeks to get the permanent cap put placed.
The dentist will ensure that the cap fits before you can go home and enjoy your new crown.
Getting a Bridge Fitted
If you are getting any bridgework done, your dentist will provide local anesthesia before they work to prepare the affected area.
You will get impressions of your teeth made to make a bridge that fits for you.
Other necessary procedures may include things like tooth extractions or performing root canals.
You will go back to the dentist in 2 to 3 weeks to have the custom-made bridge completed.
Your dentist will then get to make any adjustments you need.
Recovery & Care After the Procedure
Naturally, you will feel some discomfort for several days after procedures for fitting crowns or bridges. Eat soft foods and being sure of taking extra care when brushing/flossing.
You should be ready to return to normal activities within 1-2 days.
The cost of the average dental crown runs between $800 and $3,000.
The average cost for a bridge will run between $750 and $1,500 depending on the size of the bridge.
At the Terrace Smiles Dentistry, we are here to provide you with all of your crown and bridge needs. If you think that you have a situation that necessitates a crown or a bridge, please feel free to contact us to make an appointment. We are here to help you repair your smile and give you the confidence and excellent oral health that you deserve.