With the number of dental treatments offered, patients are confused on what type of dental procedure they would need. Treatments are ranging from diagnosis, preventions, to restorations. Although a single treatment may serve its multiple purposes, some patients can be quite specific on their needs. It could be that they prefer the restoration of their teeth without the need for extractions. With this in mind, our dentists at Norcross Dental Associates are highly trained in providing dental solutions such as Crowns and Bridges.
Dental Crowns And Bridges Defined
Crowns and Bridges are both types of dental restoration procedure performed on the patient’s teeth but with certain differences.
- Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “cap” which are placed over an affected tooth. Once set it could restore the tooth function and appearance while preserving more of the tooth’s structure. If a tooth is too damaged for both direct and indirect fillings, a crown can save it instead of opting to extractions. Dental Crowns can be placed after a root canal procedure is performed to protect the teeth from further damage and restore its strength.
- Dental bridges, on the other hand, work as its name suggests, it bridges the gaps or spaces in between the teeth. These may be due to missing teeth caused by premature accidents and injuries, or tooth decay. A dental bridge is composed of two dental crowns at either side to act as the anchors and the pontics (fake teeth) at the middle. It can be an alternative to dental implants or partial dentures.
How are Crowns and Bridges Applied?
For the placement of a dental crown, the treated tooth should be prepared by removing the damaged portions and by shaping the tooth to hold the crown. It is an essential process to make sure that the crown is placed correctly and securely without affecting the patient’s bite. Once the tooth is prepped, impressions are taken to serve as the model for the custom-made crown. It is to ensure the proper size and form to appear as natural as possible.
Dental Bridges is applied like dental crowns, but instead of prepping a single tooth, the adjacent teeth at the side of the gap are prepped. It is performed to make way for the anchors “crowns” proper and secured placement. Once the teeth are prepped, impressions are also taken to serve as the model for the anchors (crown) and pontics (fake teeth).
The procedures for Crowns and Bridges usually take at least two dental appointments. One is for the teeth preparation and the second would be for the final fitting. While waiting for the permanent restorations, temporary crowns and bridges would be placed to protect the exposed portions of the teeth. As soon as the permanent crowns and bridges are ready, it would be cemented in place by the dentists. Necessary adjustments can be performed to make sure that the restorations are positioned and carefully placed on the teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns And Bridges
- Both restorations can help in eliminating the need for extractions or other intensive or extensive procedures.
- With multiple materials to choose from, the patient is guaranteed to receive the treatment best suited to them.
- Depending on the material to be used, crowns and bridges can not only restore the teeth’s appearance but to preserve its overall structure.
- Dental bridges can help in preventing the teeth near the gapped site to shift badly or out of position. Once this happens, it could cause a change to the bone and facial structure of patients.
Thanks to the advancements in dental technology, different treatments are not suited for each patient’s need. Whatever it may be, dental crowns and bridges can be of great help in the restoration and preservation of the patient’s smiles.
Aiming to restore your teeth as natural as it was before? Contact us to know more about Dental Crowns and Bridges in Norcross. Schedule your appointment with Norcross Dental Associates.