Crown and Bridge

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Dental crowns and dental bridges are very common and popular types of dental restorative therapy. They reinstate the role to your teeth and turn around the effect of tooth loss and damage, restoring and improving your smile, appearance and confidence.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge can be added between an implant tooth or teeth and the surrounding teeth that play the supportive role. These supportive teeth are labeled as abutment teeth and the new implanted or teeth are labeled as pontics. Pontics are made from porcelain, metals or combination of metals.

Fixed traditional Bridge showing tooth replacement and with an implant by Robin Khan, DDS

There are Three Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are most frequently made from porcelain that has been incorporated with ceramics or metals. Cantilever bridges are used in particular cases where there the adjoining teeth are present on one area of the absent tooth or teeth. Maryland dental bridges (resin bonded bridges) are made from plastic with a metallic framework. On each side of the bridge, there are metallic wings, which help in the fixation of the bridge with the existing teeth. In the dental bridge procedure, teeth from both sides of the absent tooth are reduced in order to secure the bridge.

How do you know is you need a Dental Crown?

A tooth that is decayed but still has its roots present is a candidate for a dental crown. The decayed or broken tooth (or teeth) is grinded to the proper shape and then treated with a root canal procedure. Impressions of teeth are taken for laboratory manufacturing of your dental crown or bridges. Meanwhile, a denture may be used temporarily for your relief and comfort in chewing. The manufactured dental crowns or bridges are set with a dental cement or resin.

Depending on where the dental crown is needed sometimes dictates the choices you may want to make. A bridge with metal may be a better choice for the back of your mouth, while an all-porcelain bridge is more aesthetically pleasing for the front.

Special attention for your Dental Crown and Dental Bridge

Patients must follow the care instructions that are given with these advanced dental procedures. Anesthesia is usually not given when seating your dental crown or dental bridge; however, all cases vary your crown or bridge seating may require in it.

As part of your health care plan, see your dentist regularly. Good oral hygiene can be a factor for patients who want to avoid having a dental crown or a dental bridge. Having teeth that fit together well, function well and are not sensitive to heat and cold are indicators of health. See your dentist regularly for check-ups.

If you have had a root canal and are in need of a crown, let the general and cosmetic dental experts at Dentistry for Health Omaha care for you. Call us at (402) 932-0282 for questions and to set up your appointment.