Crowns and bridges are major restorative appliances that help to reshape, restore and improve the appearance of your smile. When teeth are severely damaged, broken, decayed, or missing, this can lead to several oral health issues. Hence, we usually recommend these restorations for those with teeth damage and tooth loss to improve their oral health and smile aesthetics.
What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns are cap-like structures that cover the teeth entirely. They are used to restore teeth that have been damaged, worn out due to aging, cracked, chipped, or naturally misshapen. Bridges are ceramic restorations that replace one or more missing teeth. They are held in place by crowns on either side of the gap.
What Are the Different Types of Crowns?
The different types of crowns are:
- Full porcelain
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Gold alloy
Full porcelain crowns have a natural appearance. They are used where appearance is important. A metal shell is often used under the porcelain to improve the crown's strength and appearance.
What Is the Procedure Involved in Fabricating Dental Crowns?
During your initial consultation, we will examine your mouth, diagnose the cause of your oral condition, and determine the best treatment solution. Once you have decided to undergo the treatment procedure, we will prepare your teeth for the procedure by cleaning them thoroughly.
We will then prepare your teeth for crowns or bridges by removing a thin layer of enamel from them to accommodate the restoration and to make sure that it fits perfectly. The teeth will be cleaned using an etching solution so that the bonding tooth-colored material stays firmly bonded with the natural teeth.
We will then create a digital impression of your teeth using a milling machine so as to create the restoration in a dental laboratory. It typically takes a few days for the lab to prepare the restoration, after which we will schedule another appointment for you. Once done, we will bond the crown or bridge firmly onto your teeth using dental adhesives and polish them till they are perfectly matching with your natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Crowns?
- Dental crowns restore not only aesthetics but also the functionality of damaged or worn-out teeth.
- Crowns restore broken or cracked teeth.
- They perfectly cover misshapen or worn-out teeth to improve their shape and appearance.
- They prevent further damage to a tooth by holding its structure intact.
- They hold dental bridges in place.
- Crowns prevent underlying tooth decay.
Bridges are tooth-like restorations that replace one or more missing teeth. They are held in place by crowns on either side of the gap, thus supporting them firmly in position.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge?
The benefits of dental bridges include the following:
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Prevent other teeth from moving out of position
- Restore a natural-looking smile
What Does Getting a Bridge Involve?
During your initial consultation, we will examine your mouth, diagnose the cause of the missing tooth, determine the best treatment option and then schedule another appointment for you.
The next step is to remove a thin layer of enamel from either side of the gap to make space for the bridge by using an etching solution. We will then take impressions of your mouth using Cephalometric X-rays so as to create the bridge in a dental lab. Once ready, we will bond it firmly into position with dental adhesives and polish it until it perfectly matches your natural teeth.