Dental crowns can be prepared from porcelain, metal, or resin. These are prosthetic teeth cemented over your existing teeth after they have been shaped and designed for fitting. Crowns are helpful to cap a damaged tooth, and in due course, improving its strength, appearance, and shape. The porcelain crowns can be fabricated to match the shade of your existing teeth. Gold and metal alloys are more robust and are often used to make crowns for the back teeth, which can handle more force of your bite.
Dental bridges help to fill the space between teeth where previous teeth were present. Bridges help by preventing your teeth from shifting and can have crowns attached to them so that you maintain an attractive smile. When a tooth is lost or extracted, your teeth can rotate over time, causing problems with your bite. Bridges enable you to maintain a healthy bite and dental alignment.
What problems can be rectified by a crown?
A crown helps fix the following problems:
- A crown helps repair chipped, broken, or fractured teeth.
- Teeth with extensive fillings can be capped with a crown to strengthen their structure.
- After treatment of severely decayed or misshapen teeth, it can be capped to restore its function and appearance.
- Teeth that have been treated with a root canal procedure are secured with crowns.
- They are also used for teeth on both sides of a bridge.
What is the procedure for a Dental Crown and Bridges?
To place a crown, the dentist will reduce about 0.5mm of the tooth's surface to make space for the crown. Then a piece of thread or cord is used to push the gum down around the tooth to help make an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab, where the crown is fabricated. In the meanwhile, you will be given a temporary crown.
During the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and try the permanent one on your tooth. Sometimes crowns need extra polishing, or glaze, or some other minor adjustment before they are secured. Once the crown is ready, it is cemented to your tooth, where it looks and functions much like a natural tooth.
Similar to a crown, a bridge also need two appointments with your dentist to fix them. The two adjacent abutment teeth are prepared for their crowns, and then their impressions are taken. These impressions are later sent to a dental lab to have them fabricated. Once they are finished and returned, they are checked for their shade and fit. If everything is satisfactory, they are bonded in place with the help of adhesives.
What Materials Are Crowns and Bridges composed of?
Crowns and bridges may be constructed of all-porcelain, traditional porcelain, metal materials, or even other new options. The bridge's structural part is created with a strong metal alloy that can handle the expected stresses of biting and chewing.
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