A crown is a complete covering that restores the tooth’s enamel layer. Crowns are typically constructed of porcelain, metal, or ceramic material. It is cemented on top of a sound, rooted tooth that requires bolstering and defence. A bridge is a dental appliance that employs two crowns to cover a gap left by a missing tooth. The two nearby teeth, known as the abutments, are covered by the crowns. An artificial tooth that blends in with the rest of your smile serves as the bridge’s pontic, or center.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?
Since a crown is merely a surface covering, healthy inner tooth structures are required to support it. To determine whether a tooth is healthy enough for a crown, a dentist must use X-rays to look inside the tooth. Candidates for crowns include patients who have undergone root canal therapy.
Who Need Bridges
Bridges may be advantageous for someone with one or two lost teeth who want a reasonably safe and semi-permanent treatment. The bridge is required to maintain the integrity of the jawline, facilitate easier food processing, and provide the patient with a smile they can be proud of. The abutment teeth must be in good enough condition to support a crown. An excellent candidate for a crown is typically a good candidate for bridgework as well.
How Long Will These Dental Solutions Last?
If you take care of your teeth, a crown or bridge may last anywhere from five to fifteen years, if not even longer. But don’t worry; your dentist may redo the crown or bridge when the time comes, giving you another 15 or more years to enjoy your new smile.