At Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, a crown or bridge is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged or lost. A bridge can fill in the tooth's space when a tooth is missing. A bridge can be secured with dental crowns on either side of the missing tooth or with a dental implant. A crown can cover a badly damaged tooth that is missing a significant part of the tooth, protecting the underlying root and restoring the tooth's appearance.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration placed over a tooth to cover it and restore its size, shape, strength, and appearance. Dental crowns are most commonly made of porcelain, but metal alloys, gold, and other metals are also common. The crown is bonded to the tooth with dental cement, typically containing fluoride.
The Advantages of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is often recommended following a tooth restoration. It is typically made of ceramic or porcelain and is designed to look just like a natural tooth. Porcelain crowns can be dyed to match the coloration of a person’s natural teeth, making them difficult to notice. Since dental crowns are customized, they fit snugly over the tooth. This allows them to restore strength to the tooth while preventing food particles, debris, and bacteria from accumulating in the gap between the restoration and the tooth.
A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns that “bridge” the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The dental crowns are anchored to healthy teeth on either side of the gap, usually the neighboring teeth. Bridges can be made from gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain.
The Advantages of a Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are permanent prosthetics. Once bonded, they take the place of your missing tooth’s root. This restores your smile’s aesthetics and helps prevent your other teeth from shifting. Furthermore, with dental bridges, the prosthetic is designed to match the appearance of your natural teeth. This makes it less noticeable than a denture, which can be removed.
How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can last many years. With good oral hygiene and routine visits to your dentist, they can last between five and 15 years. However, preventing damage to your restoration is essential too. If a tooth breaks, it may need a crown or bridge. But sometimes, trauma can cause a crown or bridge to fail. In cases like this, your dentist can replace your restoration.
A dental crown or bridge can conceal imperfections if you struggle with a damaged, discolored, or misshapen tooth. Visit Southdale Dental, Shop 8, E. Southdale Plaza, 3 South Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica, West Indies 00010, or call (876) 929-3312 for the best dental care.