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All you need to Know about Dental Bridges & Crowns

Tooth issues and dental problems are becoming a lot more common these days and there can be various causes behind it, such as lack of care, old age, accident, etc. However, medical science has developed multiple methods to address each issue with minimal pain. Dental crowns and bridges are one of the most popular and effective solutions to restore oral health. There are many misconceptions and a lack of knowledge amongst people regarding dental crowns and Bridges. Let us take a look at these separately.


What are dental crowns and bridges?


These are prosthetic devices that restore the appearance of decayed teeth and are mainly permanent. These are used to replace one or more missing teeth or to bridge the gap between two teeth. Unlike dentures, dental crowns and bridges cannot be removed during eating or cleaning. Medical help is required for removing such fixtures.


When do you need a dental crown?


Dental crown refers to capping or ceiling a tooth like a cap to refrain from further damage. This tooth-shaped cap also protects a weak or treated tooth to give it a longer life. Your dentist may suggest you go for a dental crown when you have the following tooth conditions:


  • A tooth is fractured, weak or broken, 
  • A treated tooth has lost its upper part
  • To cover the top of a dental implant 
  • To cover a tooth which has received root canal treatment

Permanent dental crowns are custom made and can be made from stainless steel, metals such as gold, palladium, nickel or another alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic.


When to expect a dental bridging?


As the word implies, it means bridging the gap between two teeth. It acts as a filler for the place where there was a tooth before or even can mitigate the natural gap between two teeth. You can expect to receive dental bridges when you have one or more missing teeth, space between your teeth, etc.


Are dental crowns and bridges long-lasting?


The permanent solutions for your dental issues, such as crowns and bridges, are everlasting. However, there can be shortfalls. The fixtures may loosen after a few years and fall off. This may happen when the supporting tooth or bone becomes weak. The best way to avoid such dental issues is to take good care of your oral health and hygiene and keep your gums and mouth free from diseases.


So, as the proverb says, ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Start taking good care of your oral health from today so that you can prevent forthcoming dental issues. In case you already have dental implants, it becomes even more crucial to take care of your gums and teeth to give the implants a longer life.

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