Crowns and bridges are the two most popular and reliable types of dental restorations that effectively replace infected, damaged, or missing teeth. These restorations can be custom-made to mimic the aesthetics as well as the functionality of natural teeth.
The most sought-after dental treatment to permanently repair many severe dental problems, crowns are cap-like ceramic structures that help restore damaged teeth. In contrast, bridges are prosthetic teeth used to replace the missing ones to improve the mouth's aesthetics and functionality.
Crowns are a cosmetic restoration that caps or covers the damaged tooth to protect its structure or restore it to its normal shape, size, and function. They are bonded onto an existing tooth, and the crown covers the part of the teeth above the gum line so that the crown becomes your tooth's new outer structure. Crown is recommended when the teeth are severely damaged to the extent that fillings cannot fix them. A crown is also used to seal the tooth after completing a root canal treatment to prevent it from breaking.
Though metal crowns are available, porcelain crowns are mostly preferred as they are strong, and they mimic the appearance of the natural teeth.
Dental Crowns - Benefits
- They replace missing teeth.
- They prevent further damage to damaged teeth.
- They offer support to broken teeth.
- They mimic the appearance and feel of natural teeth.
- They cap off a dental implant.
- They help to fix functional chewing problems.
When more than one tooth is missing, many dentists recommend partials or dentures - both of which require surgery. An alternative to this bridges; they are artificial teeth held on either side by dental caps or crowns that act as anchors that hold the center crown in place.
Bridges can be made from alloys, porcelain, or gold, or a combination of these materials. Though bridges are said to be permanent, it's success depends on its foundation - the adjacent teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Hence, it is crucial to take care of them and keep them healthy and strong.
Benefits of Dental bridges
- Bridges are non-invasive and are the easiest means to restore missing teeth.
- They mimic the appearance of natural teeth
- They restore the functionality of the mouth.
- They are stable
- They help in the correct distribution of the bite.
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