Crowns and bridges are the most frequent dental restoration procedures in dentistry. They are the optimal way to restore a fractured, decayed, weak or missing tooth.
A crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. Most crowns (and bridges) are made from gold, porcelain, metal or a combination of these materials. A metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it. Crowns are made from several types of materials. Metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, zirconium. The material often is colored to blend in with your natural theet.
Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the space and placing a false tooth or teeth between the crowns. The crowns can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. The false tooth or teeth are attached to the crowns and fill the empty space. A bridge is a permanent restoration and cannot be removed.
There are different types of dental bridges. At Clínica Mario Garita we will recommend you the most suitable option according to your needs and budget, taking into consideration the location of the missing teeth and the condition of your teeth, mouth and gums.
Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed daily. Your dentist will teach how to floss underneath and around the artificial teeth. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also important to preserve the life of a bridge up to 10 years or even more.