While your teeth are made of enamel, the hardest tissue in the body, they are not indestructible. They can break when you eat hard food and decay if you don’t brush and floss regularly. As you age, your teeth also wear off, grow weaker, and become more sensitive, consequently affecting your ability to eat or speak.
Fortunately, damaged teeth can be restored using artificial crowns and bridges. These are tooth-shaped caps placed over badly damaged teeth. They are made of the same material the artificial crowns for implants are made of, but much shorter, only the size of the portion of the teeth that need to be restored. They are a more practical solution than total replacement, especially when the roots of the teeth in question are still in good condition.
How Crowns and Bridges Are Installed
Your dentist will carefully inspect the recipient teeth as well as their surrounding area. Then they will take an impression not only of the recipient teeth but also the teeth above or below them. This is to make sure the crown or bridge will fit into your normal bite.
Some dentists take impressions using conventional techniques, which usually involve manual application of hydrocolloids or silicones, while more advanced practices, such as Holly Sletten, D.M.D. use digital technology, which is less invasive, more comfy, and more accurate. The impressions will be taken to the lab where the crowns and bridges will be created. Then the finished product will be sent to your dentist to be installed on you during your next appointment.
How to Take Care of Crowns and Bridges
Generally, crown or bridge installation isn’t a painful method, unless the recipient tooth has to initially undergo root canal or must be heavily reshaped. If no root canal was done, you may feel slight and temporary sensitivity since there are still nerves within the tooth root that react to movements or contact with the crown or bridge. Otherwise, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort at all.
Nonetheless, it is imperative to take good care of your crowns and bridges. They are as vulnerable to damage as your natural teeth so be careful when you are eating hard food. Avoid biting on hard objects or using your teeth, particularly the artificial crowns and bridges, to open plastic packs or cut threads. Brush the crowns and bridges regularly to preserve their whiteness.
Visiting your dentist regularly to have your teeth checked is also necessary if you want your crowns and bridges to last for long. They can detect any form of damage that might grow over time and present immediate remedy. Parker Dentist Holly Sletten suggests that you should consult with a dentist right away if you see anything strange in your newly restored teeth.