Crowns & Bridges
- If a tooth has broken, cracked or had a very large filling, your dentist may recommend a crown for the tooth.
- Crowns are made of metal, ceramic and porcelain materials that are stronger than fillings. They cover the entire tooth and help strengthen it against the forces of chewing.
- If a tooth has been lost, causing you to have a gap in your teeth, your dentist may recommend a bridge.
- Bridges include ‘false teeth’ that connect to crowns that are cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Bridges are cemented in place and do not have to be removed for cleaning like dentures.
- The time to get a crown or bridge usually takes a few appointments over the course of 2-3 weeks.
Be sure to take care of your teeth between cleanings. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t skip flossing!! Flossing is an important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Also, use a mouthwash to help control bacteria that could lead to plaque and tarter meanwhile keeping your breath fresh!