Dental crowns are restoration treatments that are typically used to provide total cover for damaged teeth. While crowns are most often used to protect and conceal teeth, they are sometimes used for cosmetic reasons, also. The dental crown is shaped exactly like the tooth that it will be placed on. Most dental crowns are made from porcelain, although some are crafted from ceramic. Your dental care team at CONFIDENT will ensure you receive the best and most effective care for your unique needs.
The most common uses for dental crowns include the concealment and protection of cracked teeth, the protection of teeth after root canal surgery, and the concealment of severely discolored teeth. Crowns are also frequently used on dental implants, as the implant itself is silver metal. The crown is what gives the implant the appearance of being a natural tooth.
Crowns are affixed to the teeth using dental cement. This dental cement is designed specifically for this purpose and is so strong that patients never need to worry about the crown shifting or coming off. Crowns may need to be replaced around once every five to 10 years, at which time a new crown will be fixed securely using new dental cement.
A bridge is a device designed to replace groups of missing teeth. A bridge adds prosthetic teeth in the gaps where the natural teeth used to be and it uses the adjacent teeth for support. A bridge is permanent because it is bonded to the support teeth.
Although both crowns and bridges are not real teeth, they need much the same type of care that real teeth require. Teeth should be brushed twice daily for 2 minutes per session. Brush and floss crowns and bridges just as if they are natural teeth. Keep in mind that crowns and bridges will not respond to teeth whitening procedures, as they are not natural tooth enamel.
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