Crowns and bridges are among the most common procedures dentists offer. Although both replace broken or missing teeth, the purposes they serve are different.
Dr. David Reynolds, DDS, of Westwood Dental, in Draper, Utah, offers a host of cosmetic and restorative procedures for all members of your family. In this blog, we’re sharing 5 things you should know about crowns and bridges.
What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetics that replace broken, damaged, or missing teeth.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed on top of a patient’s damaged or decayed tooth or on top of a dental implant. They restore the tooth’s shape and function.
Bridges, on the other hand, are used for replacing multiple missing teeth. They are a set of crowns or artificial teeth that are cemented to the neighboring teeth.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
On average, crowns and bridges last for 5 to 15 years. However, they can last for over 15 years if you maintain proper oral care and regularly visit your dentist for routine cleanings and examinations.
What Are Crowns and Bridges Made From?
Crowns are made using many different materials such as metals, gold, silver, zirconia, porcelain, ceramic, porcelain fused with metal, and composite resin.
Bridges are made of a combination of ceramics and metals or porcelain with metals.
How Do You Care for Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges don’t require more care than your natural teeth. To maintain them, you’ll need to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Dr. Reynolds twice every year for regular checkups.
Are There Any Advantages to Crowns and Bridges?
Both crowns and bridges replace missing or damaged teeth, help you eat and speak properly, and improve your appearance.
Restoring your teeth with crowns and bridges can ensure your dental health and offer you a boost of confidence.
To understand which of the two suits you better, schedule a consultation with Dr. Reynolds at Westwood Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Call us at (801) 716-7006, request an appointment online, or walk into our office at 11576 S State St Suite #1201, Draper, UT 84020. Our team of doctors, hygienists, and coordinators will ensure you get the best care.