Do you have one or several damaged or missing teeth that you are looking to restore? A decayed, chipped, broken, or damaged tooth can affect one's oral functionality and smile and cause discomfort and pain. The only option to save yourself from this trouble is tooth restoration.
When tooth damage is severe and beyond repair using fillings, the most dependable and efficient dental restoration methods that can help are crowns and bridges.
A dental crown is a cap-like ceramic structure that repairs and restores a damaged tooth by covering it and becoming its new outer structure. Crowns improve the tooth's overall appearance and function by restoring it to its natural shape and form.
Dental Crowns - Benefits
- They are long-lasting alternatives to dental fillings to treat tooth decay and other dental issues.
- Crowns restore severely damaged teeth that can't be fixed using dental fillings.
- Crowns are placed after root canal processes to provide strength and durability to the already weak teeth.
- Crowns can be used to conceal stained, discolored, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
- They are made to match the natural teeth in their color and shape closely, thus rejuvenating smile aesthetics.
- Crowns are also placed to cap off dental implants.
In contrast, dental bridges are prosthetic teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. They are secured to the adjacent teeth and can replace one or several missing teeth. During the placement of dental bridges, the adjoining teeth are prepared as crowns that serve as abutments that support the new artificial tooth.
Dental Bridges - Benefits
- Bridges offer an affordable alternative for dental implants.
- Dental bridges are one of the easiest methods to replace missing teeth.
- Bridges restore the aesthetics of teeth by mimicking the appearance of natural teeth.
- Bridges restore the mouth's functionality lost as a result of missing teeth.
- They are stable and durable since they are supported by dental crowns.
- They help in the equal distribution of bite force.
- By restoring lost teeth, dental bridges help prevent the sunken appearance of the face.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
A dental crown and bridge can typically last between 5 to 15 years. However, they can last for a lifetime if they are cared for well. Some factors that affect the durability of dental crowns and bridges include the material used to fabricate them and the wearer's regular dental hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss between the teeth at least once a day, and use products like antimicrobial mouth rinses and tongue scrapers. Besides, visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to check the health of your prosthetics.
Which One Is Better For You?
Having read all the benefits of placing dental crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth, are you still confused about which one is right for you to replace your missing teeth?
Visit our experienced restorative dentists at DeRose Dental, Racine, WI, or call us at (262) 217-7764, and we will be happy to help you find the right choice to fit your needs!