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CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Crowns and bridges

A decayed tooth may be severely affected and lose all the pulp from the inside, which might need a filling for it to function correctly. However, even with a filling, a tooth may cause problems while eating or drinking. There might be times when a filling would come out. Therefore, to save oneself from the hassle of visiting the dentist several times, having crowns or bridges fixed on the teeth is a wise option. Dentists at Dynamic Dental Solutions can help you decide how getting crowns and bridges in Baytown can solve your dental problems.

What are crowns and bridges?

A crown is a cover or cap that is put on a damaged or decayed tooth. It covers the complete tooth as compared to a veneer that covers only the front surface of a tooth. However, it is suitable when a person loses a considerable amount of tooth.

On the other hand, the dentist uses a bridge when a person loses a tooth completely. For placing a bridge, the dentists use the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. A bridge needs at least three crowns, two of which go on the healthy teeth on each side of the missing tooth. The teeth on the sides of the missing tooth act as a support to fix the bridge.

When to choose a crown or a bridge?

The choice of using a dental crown and a bridge is dependent on the dentist. However, the dentist would suggest using the two in the following cases:

  • To replace a filling when the majority portion of the tooth has been lost
  • There is a chance of fracturing or losing a tooth
  • To replace a missing tooth
  • When a dental implant needs a cover
  • To cover a broken or crooked tooth

Crowns and bridges at Baytown, TX 77520

Both crowns and bridges are covers that fit on the natural teeth. Therefore, the dentist needs to reduce the size of the original tooth. After reducing the size of the teeth, the dentist takes the impression to make the mold. If a dentist chooses to use porcelain for making the crown or bridge, he/she will select the shade of the crown that matches the surrounding teeth.

The dentists then send the impression to a lab for the preparation of the crowns and bridges. By the time the crown or bridge is not ready, the dentist puts a temporary crown to cover the teeth. Later the dentist removes the temporary crown and fixes the permanent one on the teeth. The dentist then cements the permanent crowns and bridges on the teeth so that they do not fall off.

Taking care

Crowns and bridges fixed at Dynamic Dental Solutions can last for a lifetime if proper care is taken. A slight carelessness can make the crown or a bridge fall out. For longevity, the patient should practice good oral hygiene. A crown usually falls out if a person fails to take good care of the gums, which results in gum diseases. Therefore, keeping teeth and gums healthy is mandatory for making crown and bridge last for a lifetime. Brushing and flossing help a great deal in keeping good oral hygiene. Furthermore, visiting a dentist regularly would help to last these for a longer duration.

Eating after getting a dental crown and a bridge becomes easy as compared to eating with a decayed or a missing tooth. However, a person needs to become accustomed to the crowns. Eating food that is soft and cut into small pieces can help at the initial stage. Furthermore, a missing tooth would make speaking difficult for a person. A bridge would add clarity to speech and would make speaking easy.

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