Crowns and Bridges

Bridges

Bridges are custom-made dental appliances that can replace or “bridge” a gap created by missing teeth. Bridges are not distinguishable from the surrounding teeth and can restore the natural contour of the mouth. This makes it easier for the patient to eat properly and speak clearly.

Bridges can either be fixed (non-removable) or removeable. Removable bridges can be removed for cleaning, but fixed bridges are more permanent and can only be cared for through traditional oral hygiene methods.

Crowns

Crowns are caps made of metal or porcelain that cover a tooth to protect it and prevent decay. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. Your dentist will also use a crown when large portions of a tooth need to be removed due to advanced tooth decay.

Dr. Schomaker can also use crowns to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from worsening, or protect a filling. Crowns also serve an aesthetic purpose, and can be used to cover up a discolored or stained tooth.

With proper care, a good quality crown should last eight years or more. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or the collection of debris around the restoration.