All Hail Dental Crowns and Bridges

Posted on: December 15, 2015

All hail dental crowns and bridges for their smile restorative properties. Dental crowns and bridges have helped cosmetic dentists replace missing teeth and cover those that have been damaged by trauma or decay. Often, this is the best option for those in need of restorative cosmetic dentistry services and dentists love using them. Here’s why.

Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges

There are may benefits to using dental crowns and bridges to cosmetic dentistry purposes. First and foremost, they look natural. Dental crowns and bridges are made with only the finest materials including porcelain, gold and other high noble metal. Both cover damaged teeth while filling in the gaps where one or more tooth might be missing.

Other benefits of dental crowns and bridges include:

  • Restoration of lost teeth and support of remaining teeth
  • Restoration and maintanence of your natural bite
  • Prevents undue stress on natural teeth
  • Improved speech, smile and chewing ability
  • Helps to prevent further dental decay and gum disease
  • Prevents tilting and shifting of adjacent teeth

Caring for Dental Crowns and Bridges

Caring for dental crowns and bridges is fairly simple and no different than if you were caring for natural teeth. Good oral hygiene with daily flossing and brushing goes a long way. If proper oral hygiene is not maintained, tarter and plaque will build leading to infection resulting in decay and possible loss of the dental crown or bridge. However, daily care can keep them healthy lasting ten years or longer.

Dental crowns and bridge care tips:

  • Brush the surface and sides of your dental crown or bridge as you would natural teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush at least twice a day
  • Floss at least once daily. You can find special, thick floss specifically for bridges and crowns
  • Use an interdental brush to clean between bigger spaces
  • Maintain regular teeth cleanings by your dental hygienist every six months
  • Avoid sticky foods like gum and taffy and hard candy
  • Do not chew ice cubes