Crowns & Bridges
Crowns, or caps, are made to cover badly damaged teeth, restoring their shape and size. A bridge is a group of three or more crowns, or false teeth connected together to replace a section of missing teeth. Crowns allow you to return to biting and chewing normally, without worrying about the tooth underneath being damaged.
Crowns are often made of ceramic, or porcelain, to match surrounding teeth. They can also be made from metal or a combination of the two. There are two types of bridge. A removable bridge is exactly that, a bridge that can be removed for cleaning and other purposes. A permanent bridge is either fastened to other teeth in such a way that it will not come loose, or fastened to dental implants.
Why a Bridge
When adult teeth are missing, it leaves space in the mouth that was not there originally. This can cause shifts in the remaining teeth that change the spacing. Unevenly spaced teeth are not only unattractive they can also cause damage to other teeth and discomfort. A bridge not only restores the appearance of your smile, it also serves as a spacer, to keep your natural teeth in their place.
An implant bridge is anchored to one or more dental implants, which are titanium anchors, implanted into the jaw bone itself. This provides a very stable foundation, making the implant bridge the closest thing to a perfect replacement available.
These bridges typically have porcelain or ceramic crowns, to create replacement teeth that are very similar to your natural smile. Once the implants have fully integrated into the jaw, implant bridges are nearly undetectable to the patient as well.
A removable bridge is a cost effective appliance that attaches to teeth on either side of the area it fills. Removable bridges can be taken out to clean, and are often left out to sleep. If properly fitted, this type of bridge can provide excellent replacement for natural teeth.
Removable bridges are not as rugged as implant and other permanent bridges and may need to be refitted from time to time. With proper care a removable bridge will provide many years of good service.