What Are Crowns?
When are crowns and bridgework needed?
If you’re missing teeth, your chewing ability and facial structure are negatively affected. Crowns and bridgework are used as a replacement for missing teeth to help strengthen your mouth and give you the beautiful smile you’ve been missing.
Crowns and bridgework make your mouth structure stronger, but still require the same maintenance as your natural teeth, including daily brushing and flossing, and regularly-scheduled dental cleanings.
What exactly are crowns?
A crown is an artificial tooth that goes over the top of a damaged tooth. It strengthens the tooth underneath it while also improving its appearance. They can be made from porcelain or ceramic, and come in a variety of gold, metal alloys, and acrylic.
What exactly is bridgework?
Bridgework goes across the space where you’re missing one or multiple teeth. A bridge is cemented to your natural teeth, which act as anchors for the bridgework. It takes at least three crowns to build a bridge, because two crowns will cover the healthy teeth next to your missing one. The third crown is placed in the middle of the two crowns. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns are needed to bridge the gap.
How are crowns and bridges made?
The teeth in question are reduced in order to ensure the crown or bridge will fit atop it appropriately. The dentist then makes an impression of your teeth to provide a precision mold. The crown or bridge is carefully crafted using this mold, and customized to fit your mouth and smile.
It takes time to custom-make each crown or bridge, which means you’ll likely be given a temporary crown or bridge to use until your permanent one is finished and ready for placement. But if you visit our Longview location, we do have same-day crowns available. Click here to find out more.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
When properly constructed, crowns and bridges can last for decades. As with any dental work you have done, the most essential element of ensuring the work remains intact is to adhere to best oral hygiene practices: brush your teeth every day using a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Your dentist can also check on the health of your crowns and bridges to ensure they look good.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to discuss if crowns or bridgework might be a good option for your smile.