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Fixed crown and bridges

A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers or “caps” a broken tooth. A crown can be used to enhance the look, shape, or alignment of a damaged tooth in addition to reinforcing it. A crown can also be used to create a tooth-like form and structure for function on top of an implant. Crowns made of porcelain or ceramic can be customised to match the colour of your natural teeth. Gold and metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic are among the other materials. These metals are more durable than porcelain and may be suggested for rear teeth. Because it is both robust and beautiful, porcelain linked to a metal shell is frequently utilised.

If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be advised. Missing teeth provide gaps that eventually force the remaining teeth to rotate or move into the empty areas, resulting in a poor bite. Gum disease and temporomandibular joint problems can result from the imbalance produced by missing teeth. Bridges are often used to replace a lost tooth or teeth. They fill the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges are attached to the natural teeth or implants that surround the gap. These teeth, known as abutments, act as bridge anchoring. A pontic, or substitute tooth, is connected to the crowns that cover the abutments. Bridges, like crowns, come in a variety of materials. Based on the location of the lost tooth (or teeth), its function, cosmetic concerns, and cost, your dentist can help you select which to use. Bridges made of porcelain or ceramic can be customised to match the colour of your natural teeth.

What is the average lifespan of crowns and bridges?

While crowns and bridges might last a lifetime, they can become loose or fall out at any time. The most essential thing you can do to extend the life of your crown or bridge is to maintain proper oral hygiene. A bridge’s stability might be compromised if the teeth or bone that hold it in place are destroyed by dental illness. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing everyday will keep your gums and teeth healthy. In addition, see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis for exams and expert cleanings. Avoid chewing on hard foods, ice, or other hard items to protect your new crown or bridge.

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