How crowns and bridges work, and how long they last
Discover the process of fitting a crown or bridge and how long you can expect them to last
If your smile is looking a little worse for wear, it might be a good idea to look into getting a dental crown or bridge. Injury, disease, and decay are all factors that can lead to the damage and loss of teeth. However, with the right treatment and care, your smile can be rejuvenated. But how does it work? And how long can you expect this treatment to last?
How do crowns and bridges work?
Unlike removable dentures, crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics that are solidified to existing teeth or dental implants. Crowns, which are sometimes called ‘caps’, cover a singular tooth and can be used to strengthen, improve and align your teeth. Crowns can also be used on sensitive teeth that have had a root canal treatment. The process involves reducing the size of the original tooth so that the prosthetic can fit properly. The crown itself is made of high-quality material that is matched to the shape and colour of your surrounding teeth and fitted around your original tooth. Everything from your occlusion (bite) to the length of teeth is considered when designing your restoration.
Similar to a crown, bridges are used when multiple teeth are missing. The two remaining teeth either side of the gap will be prepared for crowns and used to anchor the bridge, which consists of multiple prosthetic teeth. All of these prosthetics are fused together to create one dental appliance that won’t cause any mess like complicated dentures often do.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
It’s important to ensure that your restorative work lasts for as long as possible. Fortunately, dental crowns and bridges can last from 10 to 15 years if taken care of correctly. With proper oral hygiene and attendance of regular check-ups, your restored smile will last well into the future.
How should I take care of them?
You should take care of your implants like you do your natural teeth. Daily brushing twice, flossing, regular dental check-ups, and proper oral hygiene will all ensure that your crown or bridge is kept in tip-top condition. If disease, damage or injury has led to a few gaps in your smile, we can assess your situation and together we can tailor our solution to the best treatment option for you.