CROWNS & BRIDGES
At David Roach Family Dentistry, Nashville
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Crowns & Bridges in Nashville, TN
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NASHVILLE DENTAL CROWNS & BRIDGES
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Crowns and bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The crown is attached to what is left of the tooth while the bridge is an appliance with prosthetic teeth attached to it. The bridge can either be a partial plate which means that it is removable or secured in place permanently. The prosthetic can either be made from porcelain or a resin composite material.
How Does a Crown or Bridge Work?
A crown is typically used to replace a decayed tooth rather than a missing tooth. However, a crown could be attached to an implant if the tooth is missing in its entirety. On the contrary, a bridge is used when there are several missing teeth in the same area of the mouth.
What Are Crowns & Bridges Made Of?
Prosthetic teeth are made from porcelain or a resin composite. The prosthetic can be custom matched to the natural color of the patient’s teeth. Sometimes, crowns can be made from metal, typically gold or a metal compound. The bridge is plastic, but might contain internal wires which help to strengthen it. If a bridge is removable, it will have hooks that are attached to the remaining teeth surrounding the missing teeth which help hold the device in place.
How do I Care For My Crown Or Bridge?
Crowns and bridges, just like natural teeth, must be flossed daily and brushed at least twice a day. If you have a removable bridge, it should be brushed thoroughly and rinsed off with clear water each time it is taken out before you put it back into place. It is important that the gums underneath the removable bridge are also brushed and rinsed. In either case, it is also important to be consistent with professional cleanings and examinations. This means making an appointment with your dentist every six months.