Crowns and bridges are two of the most widely used dental restorations, which serve the purpose of restoring both oral aesthetics and functionality. They are made from dental-grade ceramic - which is tooth-colored. Here's everything you need to know about dental crowns or bridges if you're looking to get them.
What are the Advantages of Crowns?
- Crowns can be used for multiple purposes, such as restoring teeth that are chipped, broken, excessively worn out, cracked, weak, or spaced too far apart from each other.
- Crowns are made from a dental-grade ceramic material that looks just like the enamel when customized. Its color, texture, contour, and size can be personalized to mimic your natural teeth, which enables you to smile or talk with confidence and not feel uncomfortable with its appearance.
- Crowns are incredibly durable. They hardly wear when you bite and chew food, much like the natural enamel. However, it is best if you avoid biting hard foods and other objects that could damage them.
- Crowns can be completed in a very quick time span. Ideally, it would take no more than two visits to the dentist's practice to get a crown. In case the dentist has CEREC, it can be done on the same visit.
- Crowns would be placed on the teeth with such excellent precision that they wouldn't alter your natural bite. Also, they would be fixed in place firmly and wouldn't get displaced with regular oral activities.
Why Should You Choose Bridges?
- Bridges provide the simplest means to replace a missing tooth. They do not require surgery, such as in the case of dental implants, and can be placed in just two visits to the dentist's practice.
- Much like crowns, bridges are also made from tooth-colored, dental-grade ceramic material and can be customized to mimic the appearance of the adjoining natural teeth.
- They enable you to bite and chew food as you always did without hassle, thereby restoring oral functionality.
- Bridges keep the adjoining teeth from drifting from their ideal positions as they fill the gap left by the natural tooth.
How are Bridges and Crowns Placed?
Both dental crowns and bridges are customized restorations that are fabricated according to the contour, size, and aesthetics required. During the initial consultation, we will screen your mouth and determine your candidacy for the restoration. The teeth will be prepared for it by removing a thin layer of enamel and creating a digital impression. It will be used in a dental laboratory for fabricating the restoration, which could take a few days.
Once it is ready for bonding, we will prepare the teeth and etch their surface with a suitable etching liquid. This allows the crown to adhere perfectly to them. We will bond it using dental adhesives and harden it using a curing light. A bite test will be taken to ensure the restoration doesn't alter your natural bite and will be polished to enhance its appearance.
Our experienced team will help you regain your smile. Please reach out to us on call at (773) 445-1009 or by scheduling an online appointment, and we'll be happy to guide you further.