Dental Crowns and Bridges FAQ

Frequently asked questions related to dental crowns and bridges.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

What are dental crowns made of?


Dental crowns are made out of metals, resin, porcelain, and ceramics. They are used to protect, cover and restore the shape of your teeth.

What is a dental crown and bridge?


A dental crown is a restoration technique that covers the exposed tooth surface to strengthen / improve the aesthetic appearance. Dental bridge helps to replace one or more missing teeth. It includes an artificial tooth / teeth which are fused to dental crowns on either side.

What is the alternative to a dental crown?


Dental veneers are used as alternatives for the dental crown. Veneers, also called porcelain veneers are utilized only for the front set of teeth in the mouth. Thin porcelain veneers are a better option for the front teeth.

What is the best glue for dental crowns?


Zinc phosphate, Glass ionomer (GI), resin-modified glass ionomer (RMGI) are the best glue for dental crowns.

What to do if the dental crown falls off?


If your dental crown falls out, follow these steps:

  1. Contact your dentist right away
  2. Recover & rinse off your crown
  3. Take care of your tooth
  4. Get your crown reattached or replaced

Which type of dental crown is best?


Porcelain or ceramic dental crowns provide the best and natural look. They are the best option for front teeth restoration. No metals are used in this. Hence the dental crowns are toxic-free and safe.

What are temporary dental crowns made of?


Temporary dental crowns are usually made of acrylic or metallic material. Temporary dental cement, which is also known as dental crown glue, or tooth crown glue is used to fit your gums.

What are the different types of dental crowns?


Gold crowns, porcelain crowns, porcelain fused-to-metal crowns (PFM), and zirconia crowns.

What is dental crown lengthening?


Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that is designed to reshape your gums at the base of the affected tooth in order to expose more of the tooth's surface. This procedure is used to address an excessive gingival display, otherwise known as a gummy smile.

What are the disadvantages of dental crowns?

  1. High cost
  2. Possibility of nerve damage
  3. Dental sensitivity
  4. Need for further repairs

What is the best dental cement for crowns?


Zinc phosphate, glass ionomer, polycarboxylate, resin-modified glass ionomer, resin cements are the best dental cement for crowns.

Why are dental crowns needed?


Dental crowns are very much useful to protect, cover and restore the teeth space when dental fillings don't solve the problem.

How long do dental crowns last?


Dental crowns can last between five to fifteen years of time. After this period, a patient may need a replacement.

How is a crown attached to a dental implant?


As a first step, a dental implant is embedded in the jaw. The second step involves an abutment, which is connected to the implant on the lower end and the crown on the upper end. The third part is the crown, which attaches to the upper end of the abutment. The crown attaches to the implant through the abutment.

How to maintain dental crowns?


Tips to maintain the dental crowns:

  1. Avoid sticky and hard foods
  2. Avoid smoking and other bad habits
  3. Use a night guard
  4. Brush and floss regularly
  5. Maintain good oral hygiene
  6. See the dentist regularly

How to remove a dental crown at home?


It is not recommended to remove the dental crown on your own. A patient should visit a dentist to remove the dental crown.

How to clean a dental crown?


Cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush will help to remove the pellicle layer that forms on the crown and attracts stains. You can also add a fluoride rinse and fluoride toothpaste or gel to your cleaning practice.

How to relieve dental crown pain?

  1. Rinsing your mouth with salt water
  2. Take mild anti-inflammatory medicines
  3. Oil pulling or flossing
  4. Gently compressing a cold flannel or tea towel to the affected area

When should I replace the dental crowns?


The lifetime of a dental crown is between 5 to 15 years. After this period, you may have to replace the crown. In other cases, you have to make replacements if the dental crown has fallen out or suffered extensive damage.

What are dental bridges made of?


Dental bridges are made of a wide range of materials, like porcelain, ceramics, zirconium, metal and composites.

What is a permanent dental bridge?


A permanent dental bridge is a teeth appliance that replaces a missing tooth or missing teeth. It's made up of several pieces that are fused together to fit into the open space where your tooth or teeth used to be. This type of bridge is permanent and cannot be taken out of your mouth without a dentist's help.

What is the alternative to a dental bridge?


Dental implants, implant-supported bridges and Maryland bridges are the best alternative to a dental bridge.

What type of metal is used in dental bridges?


Porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, gold and acrylic are the most common materials used in dental bridges.

What are the different types of dental bridges?


There are four types of dental bridges:

  1. Traditional dental bridge
  2. Maryland bonded bridge
  3. Cantilever dental bridge
  4. Implant-supported bridge

What are the pros and cons of dental bridges?


Advantages of dental bridges:

  1. Less expensive than implants
  2. Bone grafting is not necessary
  3. Dental bridges have many advantages over dentures
  4. Bridges are faster to put in place than dental implants

Disadvantages of dental bridges:

  1. Traditional bridges may require putting crowns over perfectly healthy teeth
  2. Implant supported bridges are expensive
  3. Bridges don’t last as long as implants
  4. Maryland bridges can cause damage to the existing teeth and are not as sturdy
  5. Bridges don’t correct bone loss in the jaw

Which is more expensive? Dental implants or dental bridges?


At the initial stages, the price of the dental bridge is less, but replacement is necessary at some point in the future. Implants – from preparation to final placement – may seem more expensive, but over time can be more cost-effective.

What is a PFM dental bridge?


PFM is a short form of "porcelain fused to metal” bridge. It is used to restore the missing teeth. PFM bridges are composed of two PFM crowns with a fake tooth in the middle.

What is a cantilever dental bridge?


Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and cause damage to them.

What is a bonded dental bridge?


Bonded dental bridge is a method used to replace a missing tooth. A dental bonded bridge consists of metal wings that attach to the inner side of the supporting teeth, so they can’t be seen.

How to clean dental bridges?


Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a denture brush and cool water to brush the dental bridge. Do not use toothpaste, abrasive household cleaning substances to clean the bridges. They may scratch the surface. You can also use a denture cleaner. Rinse with cool and clean water.