Crowns and bridges are tooth restorations.
Crowns are whole tooth coverings. They're porcelain, metal, or a hybrid material that provides a replacement for your tooth enamel. Crowns fit over the top of a tooth that's physically healthy but structurally weak.
In most cases, you need a crown after root canal treatment. A crown protects your tooth effectively, and it can also enhance your appearance. Crowns are sometimes part of a cosmetic dentistry makeover.
Bridges are dental devices that replace a missing tooth. Generally, bridges include a pontic (replacement tooth) in the middle of two crowns. The crowns fit onto your abutment (neighboring) teeth to hold the pontic in place.
If you have serious tooth decay requiring a large filling or root canal therapy, you normally need a crown to protect the tooth afterward. The Brooklyn City Dental team may recommend a bridge, dental implant, or partial denture if you're missing a tooth. You need healthy abutment teeth to get a bridge.
In general, crowns and bridges require two appointments at Brooklyn City Dental. During the first visit, the team examines your teeth and prepares them by removing the top layer of enamel. Then, they make a mold of your teeth. Finally, the team fits you with a temporary crown or bridge.
A dental lab produces your restoration over the next few weeks. Once it's complete, the Brooklyn City Dental team removes your temporary crown or bridge and applies the permanent one with dental cement. The team ensures that your new restoration feels normal and fits well before you leave.
Crowns and bridges are made to last. If you take good care of your crown or bridge and have consistent preventive dentistry appointments, you can expect a lifespan of at least 10 years and possibly even for the rest of your life.
Learn more about how crowns and bridges can complete your smile by calling the Brooklyn City Dental office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.