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The process of placing a dental crown or bridge typically takes two visits to the dentist. The tooth will be prepared during the first visit, and an impression will be taken. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed while the permanent restoration is being fabricated. The permanent restoration will be placed during the second visit.
Proper oral hygiene is essential to maintaining the longevity of your dental crowns and bridges. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, and avoid habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth.
The most common materials used for dental crowns and bridges are porcelain, ceramic, metal, and resin. Your dentist will recommend the best material for you based on the location of the tooth, your bite, and your cosmetic concerns.
The cost of dental crowns and bridges can vary depending on the type of material used and the extent of restoration required. Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of dental crowns and bridges.
With proper care, dental crowns and bridges can last for many years. On average, a dental crown can last for 5-15 years, and a bridge can last for 10-15 years. It's important to practice good oral hygiene and to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to prolong the life of your dental crowns and bridges.
The procedure to place a dental crown or bridge is usually not painful. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area before the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity for a few days, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.