Crowns & Bridges
Restoring Your Smile
If you have a decaying tooth or are missing a tooth or teeth, your dental professional will likely recommend artificial replacement, partial or full restoration. While there are several options for artificially replacing teeth, you will want to explore which of those is best for you.
Restoration With Crowns & Bridges in Little Rock
Whether you require a partial or full tooth restoration, we can help. If you have a decaying tooth that needs partial restoration, we will likely recommend a crown cap for that tooth. If you are missing multiple teeth, you will want to look into the option of a bridge. While dentures are a possible restoration option, bridges and crowns that attach to dental implants are preferred since they are secure and don’t slide around or fall out as dentures can. Bridges and any sort of implant with a crown act more like actual teeth, making them more desirable.
Crowns & Bridges Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Is the Difference Between Crowns and Bridges?
You may be wondering which dental restoration option is best for you. We are here to help. When it comes to bridges and crowns, there are some important differences to note. A dental crown is used to cap either a decaying tooth or a dental implant.
Our crowns consist of porcelain and a white substrate called zirconium. Some of the crowns are made of all zirconium for extra strength, while some are made entirely of porcelain. All materials are tooth-colored so that the restorations will blend in and match the natural appearance of your other teeth.
Bridges are used solely to replace missing teeth and never in a partial restoration of a natural tooth. There are two crowns on either end of the bridge. These crowns rest in the gaps along the gum line where there are missing teeth. The crowns at the end of the bridge can be fused to existing teeth or attached to dental implants. Our bridges are composed of porcelain fused to the zirconium, so it is all tooth \-colored material. However, in some cases, we will do porcelain with a metal substrate.
Regardless of the type of replacement options you choose, restoration, in general, is vital for your oral health. Leaving gaps (missing teeth) can cause further tooth loss as well as an off-bite, bone loss, gum disease, and TMJ disorders.
How Do Crowns Work?
When placed on a weak or decaying tooth, Crowns are used to help protect that tooth and provide strength and promote aesthetics around the size, shape, and appearance. In the case of missing teeth, crowns are used to cap the dental implant.
How Do Bridges Work?
Bridges work to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is either fused to existing healthy teeth, or the teeth are filed down, caps are placed, and the bridge is then fused to those caps. Our dentist will create an impression, and then the final piece will be created from that impression before being placed securely in the mouth.
How Long Do Crowns & Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can become loose or fall out due to chewing hard foods or, in some cases, periodontal disease that causes further tooth or bone loss. With good oral hygiene and the proper diet, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime.
Call Us Today to Schedule With Our Dentist in Little Rock
If you have any more questions about tooth restoration and the options available, give us a call today. We look forward to helping forward on your smile journey!