Bridges are custom-made dental restorations that can replace missing teeth. Bridges are able to restore the natural contour of teeth as well as restore a proper bite between the upper and lower teeth.
Fixed bridges are usually made of porcelain, gold alloys, or a combination of the materials.
Implant bridges are attached or cemented to implant abutments that directly engage the dental implant.
Crowns can be used to improve the esthetics of crooked or misaligned teeth. They can also be used to restore discolored or stained teeth to their natural appearance. Crowns are made after a root canal to restore a tooth’s appearance and function. They can be used to attach bridges, cover implants, or even repair a cracked tooth.
Crowns are made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to a precious metal alloy. Crowns are then cemented or bonded to either natural tooth structure of implant abutments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your crown or bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.
The Orland Park dentist, and his team specialize in Bridges and Crowns and would be able to determine whether this treatment is right for you. Be sure to contact us or set up an appointment with the dentist in Orland Park today.