Everything about Crowns and Bridges
Aren’t crowns something that kings and queens wear, and bridges something you walk over to get you across water? What do crowns and bridges have to do with my dental care?
In this blog, we are going to go deep into the realm of dental crowns and bridges so that you know the ins-and-outs of your oral appliances.

Crowns
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is positioned on top of a tooth. Crowns are used in a variety of instances to ensure that the teeth and gums remain healthy, and so periodontal disease does not ensue. Some uses for crowns include:

1. To restore a tooth that is broken or worn down
2. To protect a week tooth from tooth decay after breaking
3. To hold parts of a cracked tooth together
4. To cover a tooth when a large filling is performed and little of the tooth remains. This protects and supports the tooth.
5. To cover teeth which are misshapen or much discolored.

These “caps” also come in a variety of forms. Some are aesthetic, some are more functional, but every type of crown serves to prevent the onset of tooth decay. Metal crowns require less of a tooth to be removed and rarely chip or break, however are best for back molars, with little aesthetic value. Porcelain-fused to metal crowns usually match the color of your natural teeth perfectly. All resin crowns are generally less expensive than other options, but are more prone to breaks and fractures. And finally, all ceramic or all porcelain crowns. Both are best for the front teeth, as they look like natural teeth. These crowns are also good for individuals with allergies to metal.

Bridges
And now for the bridges. A bridge helps to “bridge” gaps created by one or more missing teeth. Crowns are used with this procedure as well, as a bridge is made up of two crowns on either side of a gap on “abuntment teeth.” A false tooth, or a pontic, is made to fill the space where the missing tooth once was. The tooth can be made out of gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of all three.
Bridges have many benefits, in-which many go beyond just improved smile features. Your ability to speak and eat can be restored with a bridge, as missing teeth make some words difficult to say. Face shape can be maintained, as missing teeth can also make a face look “sunken-in.” With teeth restored, a normal bite can also return, as the distribution of your teeth unto your bite is now properly maintained. And if you thought there weren’t any more positives, hold on for one more! Bridges can actually help prevent your remaining teeth from becoming misaligned.

Bridging the Blog between Crowns and Bridges
If you think that you might be in need of a crown or you need a crown-replaced, then who better to call than Dr. Ansarian. Dr. Ansarian not only gives you the customer satisfaction that you deserve as a patient but pays particular attention to detail to ensure that your smile is at its best. Whether you need a bridge, a crown, or even porcelain veneers, Dr. Ansarian is here for you. Make today the day that you smile by calling us at 416-340-8800!

References
• Dr. Ansarian. General Dentistry. http://www.Ansarian.com/html/general-dentistry.html
• WebMD. Dental Bridges. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-health-bridges
• WebMD. Dental Crowns. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-crowns

 

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