Crowns are one of the most widely-preferred tooth restorations that are used for several cosmetic and restorative treatments. Bridges are the simplest means to restore a missing tooth. With the advancements in the field of dentistry, dental crowns and bridges can now be bonded to your teeth in just a single visit.
What are crowns?
Crowns, or often called ‘dental caps’, are restorations made from dental-grade ceramic. They look just like natural teeth on the outside, but, on the inside, they are hollow. They fit perfectly on the teeth and are bonded in place with the help of dental adhesives. Crowns are used to restore teeth that are broken, cracked, chipped, worn out, excessively spaced apart from each other, or simply too weak to sustain by themselves.
What are the advantages of dental crowns?
- Since crowns are made from dental-grade ceramic material, it can be highly customized to match the exact color, texture, translucency, and contour of the natural teeth.
- The material we use to fabricate dental crowns is biocompatible. Meaning, they will blend in with the natural tissues of the mouth and not cause any allergic reactions.
- The procedure for placing a crown is quite simple. In most cases, it would require any anesthesia to numb the tissues.
- Crowns are long-lasting. With optimum care, they usually last for several years together.
- Crowns are highly resistant to wear and staining.
Bridges are a combination of two crowns and a solid prosthetic tooth that will replace the missing tooth. The dentist prepares the adjacent teeth for the crowns by grinding them to reduce their thickness. A highly precise mold of the teeth will be taken and shared with a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. The dentist uses dental adhesives to bond the bridge in place, and no one will ever know that it is a prosthetic even if they take a closer look.
Advantages of bridges
- Bridges prevent the drifting of the remaining teeth as they fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
- The dentist will customize a bridge to look exactly like your natural teeth. This prevents anyone from distinguishing it from the other teeth.
- You will be able to bite and chew food like you always used to with the bridge in place. Without it, your oral functionality could take a hit.
- Just like crowns, bridges last for several years without hassle, provided they are cared for well.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (916) 481-2001 to have a consultation with Dr. Talluri, and we will be happy to help.