Fixed dental restoration: Dental crowns and bridges
What is fixed dental restoration?
Fixed dental restoration is restoring or replacing damaged teeth with new fixed teeth. This technique guarantees the completeness and elegant appearance of the teeth without sacrificing major functions.
Fixed dental restoration includes 2 main types: crown restoration for missing single teeth and bridge restoration for missing several teeth.
Benefits of crowns and bridges
Prominent benefits include:
- Protect weakened or damaged teeth caused by cavities, fractured bone, or root canal treatment.
- Prevent cracked or weakened teeth from breaking apart and fill up cavities.
- Cover discolored teeth to improve their appearance, resulting in bright, radiant teeth and more elegant appearance.
- Preserve chewing function, prevent teeth shifting, and stabilize their positions
- Restore teeth with large cavities.
- Help with teeth replacement, acting as supporting posts for the bridge.
- Restore and maintain natural bite alignments.
- Dental crowns for implants.
- Replace missing teeth.
Crowns and Bridges FAQs
What are crowns and bridges made of?
Common materials used to make crowns and bridges include:
- Metal (gold, nickel, chromium, titanium, etc.)
- Porcelain bonded with metal
- Pure Zirconia, E-Max, etc.
- Resin (long-lasting plastic)
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges may last from 5 years to 15 years, sometimes even more. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, including periodical tartar removal and preventative care, the longevity of fixed dental replacement such as crowns and bridges may be greatly increased.
Does fixed dental restoration affect chewing function?
Fixed dental restoration allows you to eat and chew comfortably as if it’s your real teeth.
Do dental bridges affect your pronunciation?
Absolutely not. In fact, your pronunciation will be more accurate with bridges, compared to when you’re missing teeth.
How to take care of crowns and bridges?
- The longevity of bridges depends on the health of the teeth acting as supporting posts. Therefore, it’s recommended to keep those teeth healthy.
- Brush twice a day and floss daily to prevent cavities and gum disease.
- Visit your dentist and get tartar removal frequently.
- Adopt and balanced diet with sufficient intakes of essential nutrients
Images of fixed dental restoration (crowns and bridges)
To choose the most suitable material for your crown or bridge, you need to know about your oral state and your own needs. Common needs include functions, appearance, stability, durability, etc. You should consult with the dentists at The East Rose Dental (Old Rose Dental Clinic) to get the best choice when it comes to crowns and bridges.