Dental crowns and bridges are effective dental restoration options that can improve the function of your teeth and enhance your smile. Your provider can personalize them to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, creating an attractive and natural-looking smile. Crowns cover a damaged or decayed tooth, while bridges replace one or more missing teeth. Both options can improve the alignment and spacing of your teeth and speech. Proper care and good oral hygiene can increase the durability of crowns and bridges Hollywood, providing an attractive and functional smile for years to come.
An Overview of Crowns
A crown is a dental prosthetic that covers a damaged or weakened tooth. It is a custom-made prosthetic device designed to fit over the remaining part of your natural tooth or a dental implant. Crowns can restore your tooth’s shape and strength. Depending on your preferences, they can be made from porcelain, ceramic, resin, or metal alloys. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth to fit the crown. They may then take images of the prepared tooth and send them to an onsite lab, where the crown is custom-made to fit your tooth precisely. In the meantime, your provider will attach a temporary crown over the damaged tooth to protect it. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will return for the permanent crown placement.
What you should know about bridges
Dental bridges are a popular dental restoration for replacing missing teeth. These prostheses consist of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, which your provider anchors to the surrounding teeth or implants using dental crowns. Bridges are custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking smile. This prosthetic can improve the appearance of your teeth, restore your ability to speak and chew properly and prevent your remaining teeth from becoming crooked.
Determining the durability of crowns and bridges
The durability of dental crowns and bridges depends on several factors, including the material used, your oral hygiene habits, and the amount of wear and tear on the restoration. Generally, well-maintained crowns and bridges can last between 5 and 15 years or more. The Allure Dental of Hollywood specialist makes crowns and bridges from porcelain, metal alloys, and composite resins. Porcelain is highly durable and can last many years but may chip or crack if subjected to too much pressure. Metal alloys, such as gold or silver, are very strong and resistant to wear, but they may not be as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain or composite resins.
Composite resins are more affordable and can be customized to match your natural teeth, but they may not be as long-lasting as other materials. To ensure the longevity of dental crowns and bridges, you may need to avoid biting down on hard foods or using your teeth as tools, as this can cause damage to the restoration.
If you have severely damaged or missing teeth, call the Allure Dental of Hollywood office or book an appointment online for dental crowns and bridges.