What is a crown?
A crown is a full coverage restoration that is used to ensure the longevity of a single damaged tooth. A tooth may require a crown if it has significant dental decay, if it has many fracture lines present, if it has had a root canal, or if part of the tooth is missing. In addition, crowns can be placed on dental implants to fill in a space where a tooth was previously lost.
Crowns are sturdy, long-lasting restorations that prevent a tooth from further damage while also restoring the tooth’s form and function. Crowns can also be used for esthetic purposes to cover teeth that are chipped, stained, or misshapen. Crowns stay in place permanently due to either cement or bonding.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that anchors to either natural teeth or implants on either side of a space. Bridges can be used to fill in the space where one or two teeth are missing. A lab-fabricated tooth or two lab-fabricated teeth will fill in the space where the missing teeth used to be. These lab-fabricated teeth are connected together and connected to the “anchors” on either side of the space. Bridges are a very nice dental restoration because like crowns, they stay in place permanently due to cement or bonding.
Can crowns and bridges get decay underneath them?
Yes! It is a misconception that once a tooth or teeth has a crown or a bridge, this tooth does not need to be cared for as well as before. That is absolutely false. While crowns and bridges are meant to last a long time, they do not last forever, particularly if a patient neglects oral hygiene around them. Be sure to brush and floss around your crown or bridge just as you would around any other tooth.