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Posts for tag: Crowns and Bridges

By Marcia Martinez, D.M.D.
January 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

What is a crown?dental crowns and bridges

A dental crown is a covering that protects a weak or damaged tooth. Crowns are usually made from metal, porcelain, or ceramic, depending on the location of the tooth to be crowned. Back teeth that aren’t visible when you smile will likely be covered with a metal crown for better durability. Front teeth can be covered with tooth-colored porcelain or ceramic crowns for a natural look.

Why would I need one?

Crowns are used when a tooth is extensively decayed, damaged, or weakened. They are often used to protect a tooth following a root canal, but they can also help repair teeth that have experienced:

  • Large fillings
  • Fractures
  • Weakening
  • Staining or discoloration

Crowns can also help prevent damage to teeth that are still fairly healthy. In cases where a tooth is at high risk for damage, a crown may be used as a preventative measure to strengthen the tooth and avoid future problems.Once a tooth is covered by a crown, it is more resistant to decay and can withstand greater force than it could otherwise.

How long does it last?

Crowns are usually expected to last between 5 and 15 years, and possibly even longer. Some factors can increase your risk of damage or shorten the expected lifespan of your crown. Ultimately, the longevity of your crown depends on a combination of several factors:

  • Your unique health situation
  • Your dental hygiene routine
  • The location of your crown
  • The type of material it’s made of

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a fixture that replaces one or more adjacent teeth--literally bridging the gap between your natural teeth. It’s usually cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap for a permanent tooth replacement solution. Removable partial dentures may also be used, allowing you to take out your replacement teeth for easy cleaning.

How do I care for my bridge?

Brushing and flossing regularly is key to keeping your bridge clean and the surrounding teeth healthy. If the adjacent teeth and gums become damaged, it will threaten the stability of your bridge and require additional treatment. Floss threaders may be useful in helping you effectively floss around your fixed bridge.

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If you need to restore some of your teeth, a crown or bridge can be a great option to give you strong teeth with a natural-looking smile. To find out if these solutions could be a good choice for you, contact the Orlando dental office of Dr. Marcia Martinez or call (407) 273-6620 today.