Dental crowns and bridges are a few of the restorative dentistry services Dr. Roland E. Vanaria provides at his practice in Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Vanaria applies these fixed prosthetic devices to replace missing teeth for the sake of functionality and appearance. Call or book an appointment online at his practice, Roland E. Vanaria, DDS, MAGD, to learn more about improving your dental health with a bridge or a crown.
What are crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices used to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth. A crown acts as a cap that will cover a single tooth — or implant — while a bridge serves to replace the gap left by one or more missing teeth.
What are crowns made of?
A crown is a cap for your tooth usually made from porcelain, or gold. Porcelain crowns can be made to match existing teeth and gold crowns are commonly used for teeth that don’t show when you smile. Gold crowns are known to wear better and last longer. Your dentist may need to have a crown made to:
- Replace a large filling
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth after root canal
When would I need a bridge?
A dental bridge is needed when you have one or more missing teeth. Losing one tooth can create a domino effect where the teeth on both sides of the gap become weaker and at risk for shifting without the support of the missing tooth. This can create an improper bite which puts greater stress on the tooth and can cause more shifting and eventually another lost tooth.
From an aesthetic perspective, bridges can complete your smile again. They can be made to match the size, shape and color of your natural teeth and protect them at the same time.
How long to crowns and bridges last?
With proper application and care, browns and bridges can last 10-15 years, but many people have crowns for decades. As they age, a crown or bridge may become loose and fall off. When this happens your dentist will clean up the support teeth and reaffix them.
In some cases a bridge or crown comes off due to decay that has gotten under the appliance. There are also instances where decay gets through holes in a crown or bridge due to wear and tear on the top. If the decay is not caught soon enough and your dentist is unable to rebuild the support tooth, you may need a new crown or bridge made.
Crowns and bridges will all last their longest with proper dental care and regular checkups. Avoid chewing on hard foods and objects, and if you grind your teeth, make sure you get a nightguard to protect your crowns and your natural teeth.