Crowns & Bridges

CROWNS

A crown is a dental restoration that strengthens and restores the shape of a prepared tooth. This is also called a ‘cap.’

 

Why do you need a crown?

Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken or weakened due to tooth decay or a large filling. 

A crown can also be used:

 

  • If you have a discolored filling and you want to improve the appearance of the tooth.
  • If you had a root filling and needed to protect what is left of the tooth.
  • If you need to hold your bridge or denture forcefully in place.

What is a crown made of?

Crowns can be made of various materials, and new ones are being introduced regularly. The following are a few of the most popular choices.

 

Porcelain bonded to precious metal:

The majority of crowns are made of this material. After creating a precious metal base, porcelain is applied in layers over it.

 

Porcelain:

These porcelain crowns are not as strong as bonded crowns because they are entirely made of porcelain. However, they can appear very natural and are most commonly used on the front teeth.

 

All-ceramic:

This cutting-edge technique provides a metal-free option with the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. As a result, it can be used in any part of the mouth.

 

Glass:

These crowns have a very natural appearance and can be used in any part of the mouth.

 

Gold-alloy crowns:

One of the oldest filling materials is gold. It is now combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength which makes it extremely durable. The color of these crowns is silver or gold.

 

How is a crown prepared?

The tooth will be prepared for the crown in the ideal shape. A layer of the outer surface will be removed, leaving a strong inner core. The crown thickness will be the same as the amount of tooth removed.

We will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth, one of the opposing jaw, and possibly another to show how you bite together once the tooth has been shaped. And finally we will do the shading.

 

What is a post crown?

Before placing a crown on a root-filled tooth, a post may need to be inserted into the root. A post provides support and aids in the retention of the crown. The tooth’s surface can be removed all the way down to the gum line. We will insert a prefabricated stainless steel post directly into the root canal. We will also create a custom-made post to precisely fit the shape of the prepared root canal. The post is cemented into place in the root canal, ready for the crown to be attached.

 

What will happen between visits?

You will be fitted with a temporary crown so that you can continue to use the tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to be made. This crown is more noticeable, but it is only for a short time.

 

How long does the treatment take?

you’ll need at least two visits. We  will prepare the tooth, take impressions, note the shade of your tooth, and place the temporary crown on the first visit. And then  place the permanent crown at the second appointment. The interval between appointments is usually 1 to 2 weeks.

 

Will the crown feel different?

You may notice it at first because the crown’s shape differs slightly from the shape of your tooth before it was crowned. It should feel fine in a few days and you won’t even notice. If your bite is uncomfortable, the crown may need to be adjusted. And if you feel the same Contact Us. We will check and adjust it.

 

How do you care for your crown?

It is essential to keep the crown clean in the same way that you would do to your natural teeth. The crown cannot decay on its own, but decay can begin where the crown joins the tooth. You should brush your teeth at night and at during the day as well, and clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental‘ brushes or floss.

 

BRIDGES

A bridge is a dental device that replaces a missing tooth by filling the empty space. A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by abutment teeth on both sides of the gap. Pontics can be made of a variety of materials, including gold, but they’re usually made of porcelain to fit in with your natural teeth.

 

Dental bridge types:

There are four main types of dental bridges:

 

  • traditional
  • cantilever
  • Maryland
  • implant-supported

Traditional dental bridge:

A typical dental bridge consists of dental crowns cemented onto each of the abutment teeth to hold a false tooth or teeth in place. When you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap formed by your missing tooth, a conventional bridge is the most common form of dental bridge.

 

Cantilever dental bridge:

The pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is kept in place by a dental crown that is cemented to just one abutment tooth, similar to a conventional bridge. Just one natural tooth adjacent to the missing tooth gap is needed for a cantilever bridge.

 

Maryland dental bridge:

Maryland dental bridges, like traditional bridges, use two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. A Maryland bridge, on the other hand, uses a metal or porcelain structure bonded to the backs of the abutment teeth, rather than dental crowns on the abutment teeth. A Maryland bridge can only be used if you have a natural tooth on each side of the hole created by the missing tooth or teeth, much like a conventional bridge.

 

Implant-supported dental bridge:

Implant-based bridges, as the title implies, are protected by dental implants rather than crowns or structures. For each missing tooth, one implant is surgically inserted, and these implants keep the bridge in place. If one implant isn’t possible for each missing tooth, a pontic can be suspended between two implant-supported crowns.

An implant-supported bridge is considered as the strongest and most stable system. Commonly it requires two surgeries:

 

  • The first one is to embed the implants into the jawbone
  • The second surgery will be required to insert the bridge.

It is possible that the operation will take several months to complete.

 

Why do you need a dental bridge?

When you have a missing tooth or teeth, it can have a variety of consequences. These modifications can be addressed with a dental bridge, including:

 

  • reintroducing your smile
  • restoring your chewing ability properly.
  • restoring the ability to speak and pronounce words correctly
  • maintaining your face’s shape
  • adjusting the bite so that the strength of chewing is shared equally
  • preventing the remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper alignment

If you want a Dental Bridge or confused whether you need one or not feel free to Contact Us. We will examine your teeth and help you to take decisions. You can read about us here.

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