One of the services we offer here at Oasis Dental in Rancho Cucamonga, California is the installation of bridges or crowns. These are often referred to as “caps”, but this is not always a good way to describe their function or the procedure itself. It is beneficial for you to fully understand both the purpose and the installation of this common implement to see if it is something that you and the excellent staff here deem appropriate for your care.
What Are Dental Bridges and Crowns?
- Crowns (or what are referred to as “caps”, involve one tooth or space for a single tooth. These are prosthetic pieces that partially or entirely cover a damaged tooth or implant. This will resemble the look and functionality of a normal tooth.
- Bridges are similar to crowns, but they are meant to fill spaces that are larger than the width of a single tooth. If you have several teeth missing in the same area, a bridge provides a prosthetic solution to replace multiple teeth within the same implement.
How Are They Installed?
A safe cement is used to fix the prosthetic tooth/teeth into place. Depending on your need for either a crown or a bridge, this process might be slightly different. The literal attachment of the created device depends on the presence (or lack thereof) of the teeth within the area where the new prosthetic option is going. Crowns and bridges can be fitted comfortably over damaged teeth, or anchor implants can be placed into the area where teeth used to be to hold the bridge/crown in place.
Are They A Permanent Solution?
There are many people who have never had another issue with their bridge/ crown once the operation has been completed. It is strongly urged to continue a strict oral hygiene regiment, as the strength of the prosthetic depends on the quality of the teeth and gums it is attached to. In the event that your crown or bridge might come loose or fall out, it can be replaced just as easily in nearly all cases.
Now that you have a good understanding of what these implements are and how they can assist you to have a healthier and more functional mouth, you do not need to be apprehensive. This is a common solution to even major dental problems, and could be the solution you have been looking for to have a healthier and more confident smile.