Crown and Bridges

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A crown will give the tooth the protection it needs

What are dental crowns?

Your teeth can get damaged and there are many reasons for that, like tooth decay, injuries or just use over time. Your teeth can lose their shape or size. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that can be placed over your tooth. The crown restores the tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance. It is cemented into place on your tooth, and it covers the visible portion of it.

How is my tooth prepared for a dental crown?

You will typically have two visits to the dentist to prepare for a dental crown.

The first visit:

The tooth that’s receiving the crown will be filed down across the top and sides. This will make space for the crown itself. The amount of tooth that gets filed away depends on the type of crown you have. All-metal dental crowns are thinner and don’t need as much of the tooth removed as all-porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. If too much of your tooth is missing — due to damage or decay — a filling material can be used to “build up” enough tooth structure for the crown to cover.

After reshaping the tooth, a paste or putty is used to make a copy (also called an impression) of the tooth that’s going to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth that’s getting the dental crown will also be made. This is done to make sure that the crown will not affect your bite.

The second visit:

First, the temporary crown is removed and the fit and color of the permanent crown is checked. If everything is okay, a local anesthetic (“numbing” drug) is sometimes used to numb the tooth and the new crown is permanently cemented in place.

What material are dental crowns made of?

Metal: There are several metals that can be used in dental crowns, including gold, palladium, nickel and chromium. Metal crowns rarely chip or break, last the longest in terms of wear down and only require a small amount of your tooth to be removed.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal: This type of dental crown can be matched to the color of the teeth that’s next to the crown. They have a more natural tooth color. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.

All-ceramic or all-porcelain: These types of dental crowns provide the best natural color match compared to any other crown type. They’re also a good choice if you have metal allergies. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.

Pressed ceramic: These dental crowns have a hard inner core. Pressed ceramic dental crowns replace the metal liner that’s used in the all-ceramic crown-making process. Pressed ceramic crowns are capped with porcelain, which provides the best natural color match. They’re also more long-lasting than an all-porcelain crown.

Special care tips:

  • Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices-brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day — especially around the crown area where the gum meets your tooth;

  • Avoid biting on hard surfaces with porcelain crowns (for example, chewing ice or popcorn hulls) to prevent cracking the porcelain.

Dental crown

Dental Bridges. Fill in the gap with a dental bridge

What are Dental bridges?

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by your natural teeth, by dental implants, or by a combination of both. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap .These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

How long does it take to get a dental bridge and what is the process?

Getting a bridge will require at least two visits to the dentist.

First appointment:

During the first the dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth to the space. The preparation is done in such a way that enough room is created to place a bridge and not cause any problems with the bite. You will be given a temporary bridge on your first appointment which will do the job for 2 weeks until your final bridge is ready. You can choose the color of your bridge during this first appointment

Second appointment:

The temporary bridge will be removed, and your final bridge will be cemented on permanently. It is important for you to see the final bridge before it is cemented to make sure you are happy with the shape and color.

dental bridge

FAQs:

Much like other dental fixtures, dental bridges are not permanent. The lifespan of your bridge depends on the health of your surrounding teeth and your jawbone. If these remain healthy, most dental bridges last anywhere from 10-15 years on average.

If you have a missing tooth, it can cause a variety of issues in your mouth including bone decay and it can even make your existing teeth move.

One of the things that patients really like about dental bridges is that they regain their ability to chew and function normally again. Also, they are more affordable than dental implants

The treatments are often done under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort and can be done on natural teeth or on implants.