Bridges and porcelain crowns can be used to offer permanent solutions to many dental problems. Unlike dentures, crowns and most bridges are cemented onto existing teeth, or sometimes to implants. They can only be removed by a dental professional. As such, they provide wearers with confidence and with a no-hassle way to correct dental issues.
What is the difference between bridges and crowns?
A crown is essentially a cover, or cap, that covers the entirety of a tooth. This is great for teeth that have been damaged, as the crown not only masks the damage done but it also strengthens the tooth, restoring proper functioning. Additionally, crowns are useful for improving the appearance, alignment, or shape of teeth that are in disrepair. Porcelain crowns are made to closely resemble the shape and color of your natural teeth—meaning that your crowns will be indiscernible.
A crown is recommended when you have problems with a single tooth. Those facing problems with multiple teeth may need a dental bridge, instead. An imbalance left by missing teeth can lead to gum disease or to other teeth becoming misaligned, but bridges can remedy these issues. As with crowns, bridges are made to closely resemble the missing teeth.
How long do bridge and crowns last?
Ideally, and in most cases, your crown or bridge will last for a lifetime. With that said, there do arise instances in which a crown or bridge can become loose and fall out. The risk of this is significantly minimized through the practice of proper oral hygiene.
By brushing, using fluoride, and flossing daily, you can extend the lifespan of your porcelain crowns and bridges. Additionally, it is advised that you avoid chewing hard foods, including pieces of ice.
How long does it take to have a bridge or crowns placed?
The first step in having this dental work done is visiting the office for an evaluation. Dr. Dube will ensure that a suitable crown or bridge is made, and until it is completed, the dentist will likely offer you a temporary crown or cap. Then, when the permanent fixture comes in, it is cemented into place fairly quickly and painlessly; the placement of the crown or bridge is done in just one visit, though an additional follow-up is often recommended.
Does insurance cover the cost of bridges and crowns?
In most cases, insurance will cover a percentage of your dental crown or bridge placement. This depends on your specific dental plan, however, and is something worth addressing with your insurance provider before you have the procedure done.
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