Crowns and Bridges

1. What is a crown and bridge treatment? Why isn’t a filling enough?

Similar to a thimble placed over your finger, a crown is placed on an individual tooth where the remaining tooth structure is no longer sufficient to contain or hold a filling.

A bridge, on the other hand, spans a space in the dental arch where one or more teeth have been lost. The teeth on either end of the span are crowned and the false tooth in between the span is the bridge.

Crowns and bridges are most often made from precious metals such as gold, semi-precious metals, porcelain, or a combination of metal fused to porcelain.

2. Is it really necessary to replace missing teeth?

Absolutely. Because aside from providing you with confidence in social and professional settings, replacing missing teeth helps maintain and restore the natural bite. It prevents unnatural stress on other teeth; it helps keep opposing teeth in their proper places and prevents shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth. It also helps prevent further dental decay and gum disease. Furthermore, replacing missing teeth maximizes your smile, your speech, and chewing function.

3. How will I know if I need crown and bridge treatment?

Diagnosis on whether crown and bridge treatment is indicated is based on three (3) factors:

  • thorough oral examination
  • dental history
  • x-rays of your oral cavity

Crown and bridge treatment is not completed in one dental visit. It is completed after a series of appointments in a planned sequence. Thus, failure to keep scheduled visits and postponing your appointments may cause treatment delays.

4. How do I maintain my crown and bridge?

Brush and floss thoroughly. There’s a special kind of floss used for those with crowns and bridges, since this floss can reach up to the areas in between the crowns and the gum. It is important to keep them clean so that they can last longer. Also, it is important to see your dentist every 6 months for your routine prophylaxis and check-up.