Crowns are custom made caps that completely encase damaged teeth. Each crown is individually made based on a mold of the patient's tooth, which allows for a perfect fit. Crowns can make a damaged tooth that couldn't previously be used into a completely functional tooth again.
The most common material for crowns is porcelain. One crown variation is the fused crown, which has a metal base and a porcelain exterior. Gold crowns are also available.
Dental bridges are custom teeth replacements. A bridge can only be placed in certain areas of the mouth. There must be two viable teeth on either side of the missing tooth for a bridge to be installed, as these adjacent teeth are the support for the bridge. The adjacent healthy teeth will need to be shaped so that they fit properly into the crowns that are attached to the bridge. This also allows for a natural looking result, with the replacement tooth and the existing teeth on either side looking very much the same.
Dental bridges are made from a combination of materials. The bridge itself is made of a metal such as titanium, Attached to the metal will be the replacement tooth and the crowns for the adjacent teeth, all of which are typically crafted entirely of porcelain.
Each patient is unique, so the lifespan will vary. With proper care at home and regular dental visits, crowns and bridges can last indefinitely. For some patients, they may last as long as several decades. If you are very meticulous about cleaning in and around the teeth, that is the best thing you can do to help extend the lifespan of your crowns or bridge. Remember, porcelain can be delicate, just as the natural teeth can, so avoid chewing on ice or any items that aren't actually food.
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