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Restorative Treatment: Crowns and Bridges

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What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that goes over the entire tooth to cover it. Crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic, although they can also be made of other materials, like gold. Crowns can be matched to the color of your surrounding teeth.

The benefits of having a dental crown include:

  • Protecting a weak tooth from breaking or breaking.
  • Covering a tooth that is discolored.
  • Covering a tooth that has a large, misshapen filling.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of a false tooth (pontic) held in place by two dental crowns. It is custom-made to fit over the remaining teeth. It’s shaped to perfectly match your natural teeth’s size, shape, and color.

The benefits of bridges.

  • They prevent teeth from shifting.
  • They restore proper chewing function.
  • They prevent teeth from breaking.
  • They improve the appearance of your smile.

Caring for Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you want your dental restoration to last as long as possible, it’s important to know how to care for it.

Keep the crown or bridge clean. Clean it at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste, and gently floss underneath it. Avoid flossing the restoration directly to avoid damaging the restoration. Avoid biting down on hard foods, ice or other objects and refrain from grinding your teeth.

Dental bridges can last 5-15 years, or even longer. With proper daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your dental bridge can stand up to time. However, it’s important to remember that the lifespan of your dental bridge depends on the health of your surrounding teeth and gums. For example, if you have periodontal disease and bacteria build up around the bridge, you should come in for an exam as soon as possible.

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.