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Learn How Crowns And Bridges Can Give You Back Your Nice Looking Smile

by Jeremiah Barnett

If you have problems with your teeth, then some of them may need crowns put on them. If any need to be removed, then a dental bridge may be a good option. A dental bridge can provide you with both replacement teeth and crowns for your damaged teeth at the same time. If you are unfamiliar with crowns and bridges, then this article will educate you on how they are made and the process for having them put in.

What are crowns and bridges?

A dental crown is a prosthetic tooth that's made in a lab. It has a metal base and generally has a porcelain outer shell on it so it looks like a natural tooth. If you want, you can have a crown put in that's only metal so it has a gold or silver appearance. A crown goes on a single tooth that isn't healthy enough to stand on its own, but that isn't in bad enough shape to require an extraction.

A bridge is a combination of crowns that go over some of your teeth and prosthetic teeth that fit in the empty spaces left behind by teeth you have lost. Just as with crowns, the base is made of metal and the bridges also have a covering of porcelain over them.

How are they put in place?

Both crowns and bridges are made to fit on your teeth permanently, and the crowns get adhered to your natural teeth with the use of a strong bonding material. The porcelain shell is made of material that's the same color as your other teeth so your smile looks all-natural. They will also be contoured with ridges and indentations to make them blend in with your teeth.

The dentist will professionally clean your teeth before putting the crowns or bridge in place so bacteria isn't trapped under them. Your teeth may also need to be taken down a bit in size to create space for them. This is done with a handheld grinding tool and generally doesn't cause pain.

What is it like to have crowns or bridges?

It may take you a few days to get used to having the crowns or bridges in since they are a new permanent fixture in your mouth. However, they are very easy to get used to and you clean them the exact way you clean the rest of your teeth.

Now that you have a better understanding of crowns and bridges, you will feel ready to go in and have them put on so you can begin enjoying the benefits of a healthier and better looking mouth.

For more information, talk with your dentist about cosmetic dental services to improve the look of your smile.