Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are fixed in the mouth. Crowns are also known as “caps” as they are commonly used to place over a damaged tooth or to cover an implant. Bridges are most often used to cover a gap in the teeth, “bridging” the space between the remaining teeth.
Leaving tooth damage untreated can have serious effects, such as tooth loss. Even a gap in teeth, which may seem harmless, can be detrimental to your smile as the remaining teeth can start to shift, leading to a bad bite. Crowns and bridges are effective solutions to protect your oral health and the appearance of your smile.
Considering dental crowns in Mandeville? Crowns serve a variety of purposes, including:
Crowns can also be used as part of other dental procedures, such as to attach a bridge, cover a tooth that has received a root canal treatment, or to cover a dental implant.
To place a crown, the tooth receiving the crown needs to be cleaned and shaped. An impression is then taken of the tooth (and surrounding teeth) and sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is made. During a separate appointment, the crown will be fitted and cemented into place.
Interested in our dental bridges in Mandeville? There are three main types of bridges, and the type that is used depends on your needs. A crown will be needed to anchor the bridge onto the surrounding teeth (called abutments), with the replacement tooth (called the pontic) filling the gap.
Because a dental crown is needed to place a bridge, the teeth serving as abutments will need to be cleaned and shaped to prepare them to hold the crown (or crowns). An impression will be taken of the teeth in order for the bridge to be created, and this will be fitted and placed during a later appointment.