Restore Your Tooth’s Functionality with a Crown or Bridge
Crowns (also known as ‘caps’) are usually used for range of problems including mechanical failures such as chipped and cracked teeth, trauma (such as a fall), cosmetic reasons for that perfect smile or for teeth that are weakened due to root canal treatment.
In many cases, a crown is often the best way to save and strengthen the tooth. There are a variety of materials that crowns can be fabricated from. Your dentist will discuss this in more detail with you during your appointment.
A bridge, essentially a false tooth fused to a crowned tooth, provides a fixed solution to replace gaps between teeth. Not only does a bridge improve the appearance and function of the teeth, it also prevents any unwanted movement that can cause trauma to the teeth.
Oral Hygiene Tips for Crowns and Bridges
Some people think that they do not need to worry about cleaning their crowns and bridges, but this is not the case. It is important to treat them with the same level of care as your real teeth as bad dental hygiene can lead to infections, tooth decay, gum disease, and other issues. Also, without proper care for your crowns and bridges, they may need to be repaired or replaced.
Here are some tips for taking care of your crowns and bridges:
Brush twice daily or preferably after each meal. Make sure you brush the crown and bridge the same as your natural teeth. Keeping them clean will help them last for a lifetime. Additionally, keeping them clean will keep out the bacteria that causes cavities, abscessed teeth, gingivitis, and other dental issues.
Floss daily and make sure no food is accumulating around the crown or bridge. Sometimes it can be hard to tell when food is lodged around a crown or bridge as you might not feel it. For example, if you had a root canal treatment then you will lose some feeling and sensitivity for that tooth. Keeping out food debris will keep the tooth and gums healthy.
When possible, avoid using your crown or bridge to chew on hard foods. Even though crowns and bridges are sturdy, they can still chip, crack or break. Watch out for hard candy, bones, ice, hard raw vegetables, and similar foods. Also, never use your teeth to open bottles, packages or other materials because this can cause serious damage.
For more information about crowns and bridges, contact our offices today. Our team of highly knowledgeable dentists and assistants can answer your questions, provide recommendations or schedule your next appointment.