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Crowns

Crowns Procedure From Riverwalk Dental

A crown and a bridge are both a type of dental prosthetic.  Both are used to help improve your smile, but how are they different?  Below, we will take a closer look at the differences and various uses for both a crown and a bridge.

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What is a crown and what is a bridge?

A crown is a prosthetic tooth that attaches permanently to an existing tooth or implant.  The crown goes over the existing tooth, acting as a cap.  Often, people will refer to crowns as "caps".  A bridge is also a prosthetic tooth but is usually used to bridge a gap between an existing tooth and an area where the tooth no longer exists.  

How are crowns and bridges used differently?

Crowns are used with an existing tooth or an implant.  Because the crown is a cap, it requires a structure for the cement to adhere to.  A bridge, on the other hand, is used to fill in space where a there is no structure.  While the two are used differently, they often are used together.  A bridge usually relies on a crown to use as an anchor point.

What are common reasons for a crown or bridge?

Crowns can be used to replace a damaged tooth or can be used for cosmetic reasons.  If a tooth's exterior has become broken or severely chipped a dentist is able to remove the damaged part and place a full crown over the tooth.  This way the broken tooth is protected and you can maintain a full, brilliant smile.  A crown can also be used if the tooth is structurally unsound and can help bolster the structure of the tooth.  Further, a crown may be used with an implant as part of a bridge.  Cosmetically, crowns are often used to give people a whiter, more even smile.   A bridge, conversely, may be used if a tooth has been extracted.  Instead of putting in a new implant sometimes a bridge can be utilized to span the gap between an existing tooth and the area where a tooth once was.  A bridge can be used to span one or several missing teeth.

How long do they last?

Some bridges and crowns can last a lifetime, however, they are subject to breaking or becoming loose. To help keep crowns and bridges in good shape it is important to practice good oral hygiene.  Be sure to brush and floss regularly and make it to the dentist for regular cleanings.  The better you take care of crowns and bridges the longer they will last.

If you are looking for a Jupiter & Boyton Beach Dentist, River Riverwalk Dental is a great choice.   Our offices are conveniently located in both Jupiter and Boyton.  Our Jupiter office is at 759 Parkway St, Jupiter, FL, 33477, and our Boyton office is at 1501 Corporate Dr, Boynton Beach, FL, 3342.  For our Jupiter location, call 561-744-3646 to set up an appointment, or for our Boyton location call 561-364-8700.  For a professional dentist in Jupiter & Boyton Beach call today so we can get you on the path to a brighter and healthier smile.

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