Dental Crowns & Bridges in Aurora CO
Dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that are cemented to your existing teeth or dental implants. They are only removable by a dentist and are often a preferred alternative to dentures. Many patients appreciate the relative permanence of these devices.
A dental crown completely covers a tooth that has been damaged. It can serve the purpose of strengthening a tooth as well as improving its shape and overall appearance. Dental crowns are sometimes placed over implants and used to better align the teeth. There are a variety of options when it comes to the materials used for crowns, including porcelain, ceramic, gold, and acrylic. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are often preferred because they can be made to match the patient’s natural tooth color.
There are many reasons you may need a dental crown, for example: to restore a fractured tooth, protect a weakened tooth, cover a dental implant, attach a bridge, cover a discolored tooth, or replace a large filling.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be necessary. A space caused by a missing tooth can cause your other teeth to shift, which significantly affects your bite. A common condition caused by the misalignment that shifting teeth cause is a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). This condition can become very painful and disrupt your daily routine. Missing teeth can also lead to gum disease.
To avoid these issues, a dental bridge can be attached to your natural teeth or to implants in the area around the empty space. Dental bridges are made from the same materials used for dental crowns. The materials used depend on factors specific to your needs and preference.
Creating Dental Crowns and Bridges
One of the initial steps in getting a dental crown or bridge is reducing the size of the natural tooth for a proper fit. Dental crowns and bridges are created by making an impression of your teeth to produce a mold that’s an exact match. Part of the process involves making sure the materials used to create the crown or bridge match the color of your natural teeth. You will receive a temporary device during the development process. The permanent dental crown or bridge will be cemented onto the tooth or teeth that have been prepared.
Longevity of Dental Crowns and Bridges
How long a dental crown or bridge will last depends on the materials used and the device is maintained. The reality is that sometimes a crown or bridge can become loose. One of the best ways to ensure that your crown or bridge lasts a long time is to reduce your risk of tooth decay and dental disease by making oral hygiene a top priority. Part of that process is brushing your teeth at least twice each day and flossing at least once per day. Another way to prevent issues with your dental crown or bridge is to avoid biting down on very hard foods.
We’re ready to answer all of your questions about crowns and bridges. Contact us here at Mile High Dentistry in Aurora, Colorado today by calling our office at (303) 745-3182 to set up your next appointment.