By Amanda Eschelbach, DMD
September 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

Weakened, broken or missing teeth can pose serious dental problems. Luckily, dental restorations like crowns and bridges can help crowns and bridgesprotect your teeth, replace missing teeth and restore the appearance of your smile. Learn more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Amanda Eschelbach in Nicholasville, KY.

What is a crown? 
Dental crowns completely cover a tooth to protect and stabilize it while preserving its natural structure. Crowns are often used after procedures requiring large fillings like root canals to strengthen the tooth. Crowns can also accomplish other beneficial dental tasks, such as:

  • improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • replacing a missing tooth as part of a dental implant
  • holding a dental bridge in place
  • restoring the biting surface of a worn tooth

What is a bridge? 
Bridges replace a missing tooth which lies between two healthy teeth. Unlike a crown, the restoration consists of three prosthetic teeth in a row. Bridges use a dental crown on either side to permanently anchor onto the healthy teeth and bridge the gap between them. Bridges can also be removable. This style uses metal clasps rather than dental crowns to attach to the surrounding teeth.

Crowns and Bridges in Nicholasville, KY
Crowns and bridges are porcelain and handcrafted in a dental laboratory. Since the laboratory requires several weeks to create the restorations, most patients require two dental appointments about two weeks apart. Before placing the crown or bridge, your dentist will prepare the tooth on which the crown sits by removing small parts of enamel from its top and sides. This makes room for the crown and shapes the tooth into the perfect form to snugly fit inside of the dental crown.

Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
Crowns and bridges require the same care as your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily for at least two minutes and floss between each tooth at least once a day. Bridges sit on top of the gum line, meaning that patients should floss underneath the bridge using special threading floss to keep it clean and healthy. Be sure to see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Amanda Eschelbach in Nicholasville, KY. Call (859) 885-4621 to schedule your consultation for crowns or bridges with Dr. Eschelbach today!

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