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What is the difference between a dental crown and a bridge?

A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. A bridge, on the other hand, is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of two or more crowns on either side of the gap (called abutment teeth) and a false tooth or teeth (pontics) in between.

How long do dental crowns and bridges last?

With proper care and good oral hygiene, dental crowns and bridges can last between 10 to 15 years or even longer. Regular dental check-ups and avoiding habits such as grinding your teeth or chewing hard objects can help extend their life span.

What materials are dental crowns and bridges made of?

Dental crowns and bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold alloys, and base metal alloys. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular because they can be color-matched to your natural teeth for a more aesthetic appearance.

What should I expect during the procedure for getting a crown or bridge?

The procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to fit the crown. An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental lab to create the crown. A temporary crown may be placed in the meantime. During the second visit, the permanent crown is fitted, adjusted, and cemented in place.The procedure for a bridge is similar but involves multiple teeth.

How do I care for my dental crowns and bridges?

To care for your crowns and bridges, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Pay special attention to the area around the crown or bridge and the gum line. Avoid chewing hard foods or objects, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to ensure the health of your crowns, bridges, and surrounding teeth.

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