Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Crowns & Bridges

We receive a lot of questions about dental crowns in Burlington, and while we’re always happy to answer them and address any other inquiries or concerns that our patients have, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a page that discusses them too. We invite you to read over this post and peruse some of the answers to frequently asked questions on crowns and bridges. Here’s a look:

FAQs About Bridges and Dental Crowns in Burlington

What’s the difference between a crown and a bridge?

Simply put, a crown is used when there is some sort of structural issue with a tooth, like if the tooth is cracked or fractured. Teeth may also require crowns after a root canal has been done. A bridge, on the other hand, is used when one tooth or multiple teeth are missing and are best described as several crowns linked together to replace the missing tooth or teeth. How long do crowns and bridges last?

As long as they’re cared for properly, both crowns and bridges can last for upwards of 15 years before they need attention. However, most crowns and bridges last for about five years. But proper care is essential to longevity. If your oral health care is not up to par, crowns and bridges may not last long before they need to be repaired or replaced.

What’s the best way to ensure the long-term stability of crowns and bridges?

As we hinted at in the above answer, in order to maximize the lifespan of crowns and bridges, you need to care for them properly. This means adhering to a good oral hygiene routine of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If that sounds simple it is! Good oral hygiene practices can help lengthen the lifetime of all your dental work.

Is it obvious to see whether or not I have a crown or bridge?

Today’s crowns and bridges look so much like the real thing that unless you tell someone that you have had the dental work done, they won’t even know it. This is largely due to the advances in technology so crowns and bridges can be made entirely of porcelain or ceramic so are incredibly beautiful and can blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Crowns and bridges can also be made of gold, and while this is not as beautiful as porcelain, gold crowns are very compatible with your natural teeth.

What’s the difference between a temporary crown and a permanent crown?

This is a question that we answer very thoroughly at our dental crowns in Burlington practice, as it involves how crowns are placed on teeth. We’ll place your crown in two, separate visits. During your first visit, we’ll shape the tooth and then take a digital scan of your tooth. This scan is then sent off to a local dental lab for fabrication of your crown. Meanwhile, we’ll fit your tooth with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. The temporary crown’s role is to essentially protect the tooth until we can place the permanent one. Your permanent crown will be ready in approximately 8-10 business days. At your second we will remove the temporary crown and permanently cement the permanent one.

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