A Quick Guide To Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are an excellent choice when recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth. A crown basically replaces the entire external portion of the tooth down to the gum level.
A bridge is very useful when replacing a tooth or a couple of teeth that are no longer viable. The ceramic such as porcelain, empress or zirconia can be sculpted to replicate the look of natural tooth enamel and using these durable materials give your bridge a strong base to rely on.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Does crown preparation hurt?
In an ideal scenario, where the tooth has been root canal treated, the tooth cannot hurt and anesthesia is given only for the gums. If the tooth is vital, then the tooth has to be anesthetized for preparation and further guidelines are given to the patients to deal with the sensitivity afterwards, if present.
- Why does my bridge/crown feel awkward?
Initially it takes some time getting used to a new crown or bridge. Although it is important to let your dentist know if you feel that the crowned/bridged teeth meet up with their opposing teeth before other teeth. This might mean that you may have a high spot present which can be reduced by the dentist.
- My crown came off, should I throw it away?
Dental Crowns and bridges have a long life span, however, they are cemented to the teeth so if the crown does come off, immediately take it to the dentist and get it re-cemented. If the tooth on which the crown is seated is also broken, then your dentist can guide you if the tooth can be crowned or not!
- How long does a dental crown last?
Dental crowns last on average between 5 and 15 years depending on how well they are made and cared for.
- Which is the most gum friendly and strongest crown?
Zirconia crown is the most gum friendly and strongest crown.