Find out if these restorations have what it takes to give you that gorgeous smile.
It’s important that you understand the dental treatment you are getting before you get it. Our Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono, believes that everyone should be informed about the dentistry they receive so they can make smart decisions regarding their oral health. Find out how crowns and bridges work and whether they could be right for you.
How do crowns and bridges work?
Most people know what crowns are but not everyone realizes that they can also be used to support a dental bridge, a fixed dental restoration designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row.
A crown is a custom-made hollow restoration that looks just like the crown of a tooth. It is meant to fit entirely over the visible portion of a tooth to strengthen and improve the tooth’s functionality and appearance. A crown is often placed over a tooth that has become weak or damaged by decay, infection or trauma.
If a tooth has become cracked or fractured, a crown may be placed over it to prevent further damage. Of course, crowns can also be used for strictly cosmetic purposes. If a tooth is severely misshapen or discolored a crown can easily improve its overall appearance.
A dental bridge, on the other hand, is used to fill the gap left by your missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns on each end and a false tooth (also called a pontic) in the middle. The crowns are placed over the natural teeth that surround the gap to support and stabilize the bridge.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
These restorations are made from the very best materials and our goal as your Green Bay general dentist is to make sure that you have a restoration that lasts as long as possible. Of course, you also have to do your part to make sure that you maintain good oral hygiene and that you come in for routine cleanings and exams to check the restoration. With the proper care, your crown or bridge could last up to 15 years (or more).
Are you interested in finding out more about the dental services we offer in Green Bay, WI? Our dentist would be happy to sit down with you and find out how we can improve the health and appearance of your smile. Call Green Bay Family Dentistry today.