Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics cemented onto a patient’s existing teeth or implants to replace damaged or missing teeth.
A dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over an existing tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, or improve its appearance. They are also used to protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy.
Dental crowns can replace missing teeth, either individually to cover a tooth, or attached to others to work together in what is known as a dental bridge.
In general, crowns are classified based on the material with which they were made:
A dental bridge is a prosthetic appliance used to “fill” the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth; they are supported on natural teeth or implants, which serve as anchors.
Dental bridges – which can be made of materials such as metal, ceramic, resin, or porcelain – are designed to recover the aesthetics and the masticatory function of the patient.
There are 3 types of dental bridges, each with different characteristics in terms of design:
Does it hurt to put on a dental crown?
Occasionally, patients may experience some discomfort following the installation of their dental crown as a result of the restorative process, but rest assured, the pain will gradually fade away.
Can I eat after having a dental crown?
No. It takes a while for the crown bonding material to harden and allow the crown to remain intact. For this reason, you should not eat anything for a few hours after placement, and avoid chewing hard foods with the new tooth.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns are manufactured to last between 15 to 20 years, giving them the necessary care so that they do not chip or break.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?