Crowns and bridges are restorative procedures typically used to help restore the aesthetic look of the smile. They are specifically designed to replace missing teeth in the smile and fix fractured teeth. Additionally, crowns and bridges help restore oral function and strength – thus giving patients a second opportunity at a beautiful and natural looking smile.
However, similar to other restorative procedures, crowns and bridges are not permanent and may eventually need a replacement due to normal wear.
Also known as caps, crowns are tooth colored prosthetics made of porcelain. Crowns are made to resemble the rest of your natural teeth which allow them to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Unlike other restorative procedures, crowns are used to help protect and strengthen tooth structure. They’re used to encase a damaged tooth with the purpose of helping restore it back to its original function, shape, and size.
In fact, crowns are very durable and may last several years with proper care. Factors that may lead to crowns include:
- Root canal therapy
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured or large fillings
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
Bridges, much like crowns, are natural looking, durable, and custom made to fit your smile. A popular choice among available restorative procedures, they’re a fixed and non-removable appliance used to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges to choose from including:
- Traditional bridge
- Cantilever bridge
- Maryland bonded bridge
Out of the three bridges, the most popular is the traditional bridge which consists of two crowns that are anchored onto existing teeth. The prosthetic tooth is therefore used to fill the missing gap and is held in place by the support of neighboring teeth.
Once our Prescott Valley dentists have evaluated your teeth and determined the state of your mouth, they’ll be able to make the right recommendations for your smile.