What is the procedure for the placement of crowns and bridges?
Your dentist will reshape the tooth to make room for the crown. This may include removing or reducing an existing filling. An impression is then made and used to create a cast for the crown. The crown normally takes two weeks to be prepared. In the interim, a temporary crown will be created and fitted to protect your tooth.
Once the crown is ready, you will return to the surgery to have it fitted. The temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one will be inspected to ensure that the colour and shape are correct. Once both you and your dentist are happy with the crown, it will then be bonded to the tooth.
The procedure for bridges is similar to that of crowns, except the two adjacent teeth will be prepared for a bridge.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Dental crowns and bridges can be expected to last 10 to 15 years provided that you maintain good oral hygiene and eating habits. While crowns and bridges are very durable, you should avoid putting heavy pressure on them. Avoid eating foods like sticky confectionery and crunching on ice.
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Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.