Crowns are otherwise known as caps, due to the way they function by covering a damaged or unsightly tooth. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials based on the location and function of the crown placement. Bridges are similar to crowns but serve to cover a larger area. Bridges are used to fill in the space left behind by missing teeth. Bridges serve to prevent teeth from shifting into the empty space when a permanent tooth is removed or missing.
Crowns and bridges differ only slightly in their application. Crowns are used to cover a single tooth while bridges are often used in conjunction with crowns to cover a larger area. A mold of your original tooth will be taken to create the shape of the crown or bridge. Then the affected tooth or teeth must first be cleaned. This cleaning process often requires drilling and other procedures to remove cavities, shape the tooth for the implant, or perform a root canal. The crown or bridge is then cemented to the prepared teeth at each side of the gap between the teeth.
Crowns and bridges can last up to a lifetime depending on their position, workload, and whether proper maintenance and care are taken. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease of the surrounding teeth which will lead to a weaker point of anchor for bridges. It is not uncommon for a crown or bridge to fall out, so don’t panic. Bring your crown to Sunrise Dental and they’ll recement it in, or fix any damage that may have caused the crown to loosen.
The best way to prevent damage to your new implants is to practice good oral hygiene and listen to your dentist. Be sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and actively avoid chewing hard food such as nuts, candies, and ice. Always come in for routine checkups to ensure the health of your crown or bridge. Any other questions can be answered by the professionals at Sunrise Dental.
At Sunrise Dental of Bellevue, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
"I've been a patient of Dr. Im's for six years and Sunrise Dental will be my continued dental care provider as long as I live in this area."
"Best of everything. Good for the family. Friendly staff. Definitely one to recommend. I have my whole family here and its awesome!!"
"Have had my wisdom teeth extracted here was an amazingly quick, EASY and good overall experience. Great place."
"This place is awesome- I went for my first visit recently and had a great experience. They were professional, fun and helpful."