Teeth are surprisingly tough and they need to be. You develop your adult teeth in the first ten years of your life and they need to last for the rest of your life. A crucial part of this is regular visits to a reputable specialist, such as this dentist Campsie.
But, even with the best care in the world teeth can be damaged. It’s not just an infection that causes cavities and tooth loss, trauma can cause you to lose part of a tooth and it will need to be replaced.
Fortunately, there are two popular paths that allow you to retain your smile and protect your remaining teeth at the same time.
A dental crown is often referred to as a cap. In effect, it is a piece of ceramic that is molded to match the original shape of your tooth. It’s worth noting that this can be made from a variety of materials but ceramic is generally considered the best. It’s not just strong, it is easy to color match it to your teeth.
The crown is then effectively glued to the top of the damaged tooth. Of course, before this happens the tooth will need to be cleaned and it may even be filed to create the best possible adherence. If there are any signs of infection you’ll be given antibiotics first. This ensures the infection is gone before the crown is fitted.
A crown will usually be fitted over two sessions, there will be a gap between the preparations stage and the fitting stage. It should be noted that you will continue to look after the crown in the same way as any other tooth and it should last approximately 10 years.
In contrast, a bridge is fitted over several teeth. It is usually designed as two crowns with a replacement tooth between them. The replacement tooth slots over the damaged tooth to make it look like new. At the same time, the bridges are two crowns slot over the teeth on each side, effectively securing the damaged tooth in place.
The bridges have small metal bars joining the crowns together, giving them strength.
This is also glued into position and you’ll find that infections have to be cleared up before the final fitting can be done.
Both approaches can be used when you have damaged teeth but the bridge relies on the teeth next to the damaged one being strong and healthy. They are also fitted over two visits, one creates the impression, the second is for the fitting.
You should note that bridges are also made of ceramic and will be matched to the color of your teeth. But, unlike crowns, they are likely to last 15 years or more. Of course, you’ll still have to brush and look after them in the same way you would any tooth.
If you have a damaged tooth the dentist is likely to offer one of the above solutions as it will allow you to keep your original teeth and smile. Implants are only recommended when a tooth cannot be saved.