Crown and Bridge

Crowns and bridges are restorative dental appliances that are used to restore the structure and functionality of the teeth. Crowns are cap-like structures that are placed over the teeth to cover their surface and restore them to their original form and function. Bridges help replace missing teeth in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional.

What are Crowns?

Crowns are dental appliances that are used for various restorative purposes. They can be made from various materials such as porcelain, ceramics, or metals. The material used for fabricating the crown will depend upon what the patient prefers to go with.
Crowns are used to restore several types of teeth, such as broken, cracked, chipped, misshapen, weak, worn-out, or naturally weak teeth. Sometimes, they can also be used as a restorative measure after performing root canal therapy or replacing a missing tooth with a prosthetic one.

What are Bridges?

Bridges are artificial teeth that are used to replace missing ones. They can be made from dental-grade ceramic or porcelain and will typically be held in place using crowns on either side. This is done to provide a stable and strong foundation for the prosthetic tooth. Also, the bridge will look exactly like natural teeth and wouldn't look out of place when you smile or talk.
Depending upon the type of bridge being considered for your oral setup, there are various types of bridge prosthetics available:

Cantilever Bridge: This type of bridge replaces only one missing tooth and involves placing one crown on either side of it. The ceramic tooth will be held in place using a metal connecting piece known as a 'connector.'

Maryland Bridge: This type of bridge restores two missing adjacent teeth using crowns on either side of them. A metal framework is placed between them to hold them together in place.

Implant-Supported Bridge: These bridges are supported by dental implants instead of crowns or any other type of support. Implants provide a strong and stable foundation for these bridges, making them last for years together without any hassle or concern.

Dental Procedure of Crowns and Bridges

The dentist will begin by conducting an in-depth diagnosis of your oral condition before drawing up an oral plan for treatment. During this phase, certain factors such as your overall health condition, oral health history, your response to medication, etc., will be taken into consideration before starting off with the procedure. Next, we will numb your teeth using local anesthesia so as to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth will then be removed. This is the stage where our dentist uses digital technology to create a precise mold of your teeth which will be sent to a dental lab so as to fabricate your crown or bridge. Once it's ready after a few days' time, we will bond it onto your tooth using dental adhesives and make sure it fits perfectly in place before giving you a suitable aftercare routine to follow.

To know more about crowns and bridges, visit us at Helena, MT, or call us at (406) 443-6160 to schedule an appointment with the dentist and we will be happy to help.

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