Crowns and Bridges
What are bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth, which are placed onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace missing teeth or a tooth. They are usually made of porcelain bonded to a precious metal. Sometimes, other materials such as non-precious metals used for the bath to maximise strength. Bridges are recommend when there are teeth missing that affect the smile and appearance, speech, the bite and the rate of tooth decay and gum disease. Here at Smiles Implant Clinic, we offer a few bridges that would be suitable and best for the patients needs.
Once a bridge is placed, it is important for it to be looked after properly. Bridges need to be cleaned every day; this is to prevent any short-term and long-term problems. Our dental surgeons will advise special cleaning techniques and instructions to ensure that the bridge is well maintained.
What are crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth shaped caps that are placed over a tooth. When the crown is cemented in place, it restores the shape, size and strength of the tooth and therefore, improves the overall appearance. Crowns can be used for various reasons:
- They can be used for protecting decayed or fractured teeth.
- To fill small and minor gaps within the natural teeth.
- To restore the appearance of standard teeth.
Crowns can be made from different materials, such as, ceramic, metal alloys and plastic. Certain materials can be used to ensure the strength of the crown is maximised and to create the look of healthy teeth. All materials used to make the crowns do not deteriorate over time. However, it is important to keep them clean and healthy at all times as the natural tooth is still prone to gum disease and decay. Keeping up good oral hygiene is vital, therefore, brushing and flossing needs to be carried out daily. If the crown is looked after and cleaned properly, then there will be no problems.