Crowns and Bridges
Through time, your natural teeth may sustain damage resulting in cracks, chips, fractures, cavities, or the loss of a tooth. When this type of damage takes place, your Albuquerque dentist at Sunshine Dental may recommend a dental crown or bridge to repair the teeth. These types of dental restorations are permanent, non-removable prostheses designed to look like the natural teeth for a seamless fit in your smile. With proper follow-up care through regular exams and cleanings, crowns and bridges can last for decades, offering optimal functionality and aesthetics for your smile.
How Do Crowns and Bridges Work?
Both crowns and bridges are made to fit over the natural teeth like caps over the tooth roots. Crowns fit over single teeth, while bridges are designed to replace one or more missing teeth, using two of the natural teeth (or two dental implants) as posts to support the prosthesis. When your dentist recommends a crown or bridge, the teeth will be prepared and molds will be taken to design custom prostheses to fit into your smile. As these devices are made in the dental lab, temporary restorations will be applied for you to wear between visits. Your permanent crowns or bridges may be made from a variety of materials, but ceramic and porcelain are the most common, since they are durable, stain-resistant, and able to match the appearance of the natural teeth. Once the permanent restorations are ready, they will be bonded to the teeth in the dentist’s office. Unless a crown or bridge breaks or falls out, you will not need to follow any additional steps in maintaining a healthy smile beyond regular brushing, flossing, and preventive checkups.
When Are Crowns and Bridges Needed?
Crowns and bridges are among the most common types of dental restorations, since they can be used in a variety of different cases. These restorations may be used throughout an individual’s smile following treatment with dental implants, or they may be appropriate for the following situations, which are common among adult dental patients. Dental crowns and bridges are often favored over tooth extraction, since these treatments preserve the roots of the teeth that support the jawbone and facial structure.
Crowns and bridges are needed in cases including:
- Fractured teeth
- Missing teeth
- Teeth treated with root canals
- Teeth with large fillings
If you have sustained a cavity or facial injury requiring restorative dental care, connect with Sunshine Dental at (505) 298-0456. Our Albuquerque practice is accepting new patients, and we treat patients of all ages with a family-friendly office offering a wide range of restorative, preventive, and cosmetic services.
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