Crown: a crown is a surface cap that encases the entire tooth, thus restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect the tooth and strengthen its structure; no other type of restoration is able to do this. Although several types of crowns exist, porcelain is the most popular because their color resembles natural teeth the most. Crowns are made to match the size, shape, and color of natural teeth. They are highly durable and last many years, however, they are not a permanent solution and will eventually need to be replaced.
A procedure for a crown generally takes 2 appointments to complete. Patients undergoing the procedure commonly experience tooth sensitivity, gum soreness, and general teeth discomfort. After a permanent crown is placed, these symptoms should disappear.
While a temporary crown is in place, you should avoid eating sticky or hard food. Since a temporary crown is a placeholder and is only made of plastic or soft metal, it is easy for it to become dislodged. Once the permanent crown is in place, you may feel pressure for several days, and biting might feel a bit different. If these feelings persist for more than two days, contact the office immediately.
Bridges: Dental bridges “bridge” the gap between one or more missing teeth in order to reduce the appearance of inconsistency in the mouth. Bridges are made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap with false teeth in between. They are cemented into the mouth by the dentist but can be easily removed if necessary. If the patient does not want a bridge for whatever reason, there are other options available, such as placing an implant in the space of the missing tooth/teeth.