Bridges and crowns are permanent teeth replacement and repair options. If you are missing teeth and want durable and natural-looking results, consult with Dr. Hawkins to determine whether crowns or bridges are right for you.
What is a Dental Crown?
Crowns are caps that are placed on top of damaged or cracked teeth. We also use crowns to cover teeth after a root canal treatment or when we place implants. They can improve the appearance of your teeth, strengthen them, and allow us to attach bridges in areas where multiple teeth are missing.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a dental unit that can replace a few missing teeth. A traditional bridge includes crowns on the teeth that surround the gap and false teeth in between. Another popular bridge option is a cantilever bridge. This is held in place by one or more crowns on a single side of the space where teeth have been lost. This is usually necessary in the back of your mouth if there are only teeth on one side of the gap. On average, you can expect a bridge to last up to seven years. However, with good oral hygiene, it may last longer.
What is the Process of Receiving a Crown or Bridge?
The entire process may take multiple appointments. First, Dr. Hawkins will make impressions to create a mold. Then, he will find the right porcelain shade that matches your natural teeth. After that, he will cover your teeth with temporary crowns. On the next visit, your new crown will be permanently affixed.
How Do I Care for My Dental Bridge or Crown?
After a bridge has been placed in your mouth, it is essential to make sure that take excellent care of your remaining teeth, especially the ones that are supporting it. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly. If you avoid damage or decay on your natural teeth, the bridge will have a higher likelihood of staying in place without problems.
If you are missing one or multiple teeth, you may want something that can permanently replace them, fill the gaps, and restore your smile. At Hawkins Dentistry, we offer the latest restorative treatments to our patients. If you think that a crown or a bridge may be something that will work for you, Dr. Hawkins will examine your mouth and determine a plan of action. Call us today for your appointment!