Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

Sometimes a tooth becomes severely damaged due to a trauma, cracked teeth or decay in such a way that the area is too large to restore with a traditional filling. A dental crown is the perfect option. Missing tooth between two teeth can be replaced by a bridge. Both crowns as well as bridges fit perfectly over the affected teeth. To prepare for a crown or bridge, the dentist prepares the tooth by trimming it down in order to accommodate the crown or bridge.

Dental Crown

A dental crown also known as a cap, completely covers the damaged tooth. It is cemented into place and offers a strong and good-looking replacement for a natural tooth. The different types of dental crowns include

  • Temporary Crowns are acrylic or metal fixtures to cover the tooth till the permanent crown is created.
  • Stainless Steel Crowns are pre-fabricated crown and cost effective and are used on baby and permanent teeth and are used for children.
  • Metal Crowns are made from cast gold or silver palladium alloys and are long lasting and do not break or chip.
  • Porcelain fused to metal crowns made of porcelain with an inner metal casting look very aesthetic and natural.
  • All porcelain or all ceramic crowns are very common dental crowns which maximize the aesthetic beauty of your teeth.

Dental Bridge

  • A gap formed due to a missing tooth between your teeth can look unsightly. It can also cause difficulty in chewing, biting and talking. A dental bridge can take care of this gap. The bridges are cemented to the adjacent teeth which are called abutments. The adjacent teeth are trimmed down and are capped with a crown. The replacement tooth or pontic is attached to the crown to form the bride. The unit is cemented to your teeth securely thereby improving the ability to chew food. They also help to maintain the shape of your face and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

The types of bridges include:

  • Traditional bridges are made of porcelain fused to ceramics or metal and are the most common type of bridge.
  • Cantilever bridges are used when only one adjacent tooth is present but is not recommended for back of the mouth.
  • Maryland Bonded bridges are made up of porcelain, plastic teeth, gums and porcelain fused to metal which is bonded to your existing teeth.

A crown or bridge most importantly helps to restore function and also helps to restore the shape, size and look of your tooth.

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