Learn about crowns and bridges from Murrieta Dental Care, your Livermore, CA dentist.
A Gallup poll found that up to a third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist’s office in the course of a year. Unfortunately, the longer you avoid going to the dentist’s office, the higher the chance of dental problems that may require restorative work. If you’ve been looking for a restorative solution for your smile, then crowns or bridges may be a great option. Learn more about these common dental treatments by exploring a few frequently asked questions.
What is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is a single restoration that replaces the entire outside of a tooth. It is commonly made of ceramic, metal, or a combination of the two. A crown is bonded on top of a tooth that needs strengthening, rebuilding, and/or protection. A crown stays on the tooth and does not come out at night.
A bridge is a device that uses two crowns (known as abutments) to support a middle restoration (a pontic) in order to fill in a gap from a missing tooth. Even though the teeth are connected in a bridge, they look and function like individual teeth. A bridge stays on the teeth and does not come out at night.
Who is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is only a superficial covering, the inner parts of the tooth need to be sturdy enough to support a crown. A dentist must examine the inside and outside of the tooth to confirm that it is healthy enough for a crown. Badly broken teeth, teeth with large fillings and cavities, and teeth with root canal therapy will likely be good candidates for crowns.
Who Needs Bridges?
Bridges benefit people who have one or two missing teeth and who want a fast, long-term solution that looks good. The abutment teeth need to be healthy enough to support large restorations and additional chewing forces. Generally, a good candidate for a crown will likely also be a good candidate for bridgework.
How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
A crown or bridge can usually last for between 5 to 15 years, even longer if you take care of your teeth. They typically only fail from either an accident or neglect. But don't worry. Usually, if a crown or bridge fails, then it can be replaced with a new one.
Contact your Livermore, CA, dentist. Call Murrieta Dental Care in Livermore, CA, to find out if a crown or bridge can help give you a better and healthier smile. You may even qualify for a Same Day Crown. Call today! (925) 447-4800