What is a Crown and Bridge Procedure? – The Basics

Most people are familiar with dental terms like implants, root canals, crowns, bridges, and so on. But most actually aren’t entirely sure of just what the actual procedures involve. There are many reasons to learn about these various procedures especially if you’re about to undergo one. It only takes a few minutes to educate yourself about different dental procedures but will ease your mind about the process. A crown and bridge procedure, for instance, is one of the more common procedures and one that can help improve overall oral health tremendously. It’s easy to understand as well. A crown is essentially a cap. The cap is molded to look like a tooth and slips over your existing tooth – or implanted anchors – and takes its place. It’s normally used when a tooth is damaged from decay and the dentist can no longer keep it safe from further damage. The crown helps protect the tooth and looks much better than the existing one. To apply it, the dentist will usually file down your existing tooth and then affix the crown over top of the remaining portion of tooth. It is straightforward and fairly simple. During a crown and bridge procedure, two or more crowns will be created that slide over teeth. Between them, however, will be a bridge. A bridge is a set of artificial teeth, much like the cap, that replaces missing teeth and serves as a partial denture apparatus. For example, a tooth missing between two others that have mild damage may be replaced through a crown and bridge procedure instead of a standard partial denture insert. It will be a semi-permanent attachment and probably look and feel much more natural to you. To have the procedure done, you’ll likely have to go through a couple of steps. First, you’ll visit the dentist measurements or even molds of your teeth can be taken. That information will be used to create the crown and bridge unit from certain molding materials. Then, you’ll return for the application during which time your dentist will file your teeth down slightly and then attach the crown and bridge. It’s a relatively simple process and one that has great success at improving oral health and improving the overall look and feel of your mouth. In other words, it’s well worth having done.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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