Crowns and bridges aren’t words we often associate with our mouth or the dentist; however, both of these dental treatments are becoming more popular to help the look, alignment, and filling of teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges are two types of cosmetic treatment which are used to fill gaps in teeth or improve teeth if they are damaged. It’s important to know which one will work best in your mouth. Your dentist is the best person to guide you throughout the process but here are the differences and benefits of dental crowns and bridges.
What is the difference between a Dental Crown and Bridge?
The treatments are similar because both of them are fixed within your mouth and can only be taken out by a dentist, unlike dentures which can be removed and cleaned. Both are usually made from porcelain or ceramics and can be designed to match the colour and shape of your teeth. The main difference is that a bridge is used to fill a gap, whereas a crown can be put over a tooth. Here’s some more information about each treatment:
A crown covers a tooth which may be damaged or to improve the appearance, shape or alignment of teeth. Other reasons to have a dental crown are to replace a large filling or to fix a dental implant. As well as the materials mentioned above, gold and metal alloys may be used, particularly on back teeth to make them stronger.
If you are missing one or more tooth, a bridge is created to fill the gap. The teeth on either side of the gap act as pillars to the bridge and are used to connect the bridge to the teeth in your mouth. The teeth on either side are filled down to make sure that the bridge is fitted securely next to the teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
Having a gap in your teeth makes you less inclined to smile and makes you feel less confident in your appearance. Having a bridge or crown will revive that confidence and you’ll feel happier knowing that your teeth look great. Porcelain will match the natural colour of your teeth and nobody will even know you’ve had cosmetic treatment done.
Not having to take crowns or bridges out makes it so much easier to take care of them. Brush twice a day and floss always to keep them clean. Your dentist may give you further bespoke advice on how to take care of them.
With the correct routine of oral hygiene and if you keep your mouth clean, crowns and bridges can last up to 10 years or even longer. It’s important to continue with regular check ups to make sure there are no issues, but, if taken care of properly, they will last a very long time.
If a crown or bridge sounds like the best solution for you and your teeth, call Fresh Dental Smile Clinic today on 01904 623687 for a free consultation with our dentists in York Alternatively, check out our website for more information about our cosmetic treatment.