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Dental crowns and bridges

Dental crowns and bridges

Dental Crowns

A crown is commonly called a “cap” that is placed over a tooth that is mechanically weakened (e.g. teeth with large cavities) in order to strengthen it.

A crown is made of a full porcelain shell or porcelain over metal. It completely encloses the remaining tooth structure thus restoring its appearance and function. It protects the tooth from further damage and preserves the jaw’s correct natural alignment. It is easily color matched and blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Other than simply strengthening teeth, crowns are used to restore badly decayed, chipped or discolored teeth or teeth which have been replaced by an implant. They can also be used to protect the remaining teeth structure on teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.

Protect your teeth with crown treatment  at tooth n Care.

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FAQ's on Dental Crowns

What does the procedure involve?

It usually takes 2 visits to complete this procedure, assuming that root canal treatment is not required. At the first visit, the dentist will assess if you need to have a root canal treatment on the tooth. Root canal treatment is recommended where there is extensive decay or risk of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp. About 1mm of the tooth is trimmed to make space for the final crown. An impression is taken along with a record of the tooth shade for fabrication in the laboratory. A temporary crown is placed on the prepared tooth. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is tried to ensure excellent fit and aesthetic. After the try-in, the final crown is cemented onto the tooth permanently.

When will I be able to resume daily activities?

You can resume normal daily activities within 2 hours. Normal eating can be resumed almost immediately.

Will I be in pain?

Local anesthesia is used to numb the gum before we start work on the tooth. This should minimize painful sensations. You should not feel any pain or discomfort after the procedure. However, if your tooth has not undergone root canal treatment, you may experience some mild sensitivity. It is crucial to take the prescribed medication.

How long will the crown last?

With proper daily home care and regular dental check-up, crowns can last between 8 to 12 years. Clean between your crowns and teeth and floss to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth.

What is the difference between crowns and veneers?

Endi commodi facere odit alias velit ducimus accusantium maiores, mollitia vitae eum quae maxime labore, quia non consequatur culpa similique, molestiae dictaCrowns are indicated when there is a need to strengthen teeth that are mechanically weakened. If a tooth has part of its structure damaged by decay or fracture, crowns are the best treatment as they can restore teeth to their normal shape and size. If a tooth is cracked, the crown holds the tooth together. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that are bonded onto the tooth exterior. Both crowns and veneers may be used for modifying colors or position of teeth. The gums around the teeth must be good health before crowns and veneer treatments. Crowns or veneers cannot treat gum problems. Consult a dentist to assess whether crowns or veneers are suitable for you and whether you need to address any existing gum problems.

Why do some crowns have a dark metal edging to them?

In the past, metal was the main material used to make crowns and this often shows through, creating a dark edge. Now, crowns are made of high quality porcelain which blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Bridges

Dental bridge, also known as fixed partial denture, is a prosthetic tooth that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. It consists of a pontic (false tooth) to replace the missing tooth and 2 crowns to anchor the pontic in place. The pontic is fused in between 2 crowns, thereby bridging them together. A bridge can restore your appearance and dental function by replacing 1 to 2 missing tooth. It not only fills gaps, but also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can improve your speech and chewing, correct a misaligned bite, and maintain your face shape. The materials used for bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or porcelain alone.

There are 3 main types of dental bridges. Traditional fixed bridge is the most common type of bridge and consists of a pontic fused between 2 porcelain crowns that are anchored on neighboring teeth or implants. Resin-bonded or Maryland-bonded bridges are used when the gap to be filled is in between the front teeth or when the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are h3 and healthy without large fillings. The pontic is fused to metal bands or “wings” that are bonded to the adjacent teeth using cement that is hidden from view. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth present on only one side of the space, where the pontic is anchored to one or more adjacent teeth on one side.

If you are looking into bridges as an option for you, book in with us at Tooth n Care for  consultation.

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FAQ's on Dental Bridges

Am I suitable for dental bridges?

Your teeth next to the missing teeth must be in good health and you have healthy gums. If healthy adjacent teeth are not available, a dental implant may be a better alternative. Sometimes, root canal treatment may be recommended when there is extensive tooth decay.

What does the procedure involve?

It usually takes 2 visits to complete this procedure. During your first visit, our dentist will assess if the teeth next to the missing teeth are in good health. About 1 mm of tooth structure is removed from the supporting teeth and an impression of the teeth is taken to fabricate the bridge. While the bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge is cemented to the adjacent teeth to protect the supporting teeth. During your second visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the bridge is cemented permanently to the natural teeth either side of the space left by the missing tooth and a pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. The whole procedure can be completed between 3 to 7 days.

When will I be able to resume daily activities?

You can resume normal daily activities within a few hours.

Will I be in pain?

Local anesthesia is used to numb the gum before the procedure to minimize painful sensations. After the procedure, you should not feel any pain or discomfort. You may experience mild sensitivity to extreme hot or cold temperatures in the mouth for a few weeks after the bridge is attached.

How do I maintain my bridges after the treatment?

Careful daily brushing and flossing all areas around the bridge are essential. It is necessary to use a special type of floss called “Superfloss” to go underneath the pontic and keep the gum tissue healthy. Maintain regular dental check-ups every 6 months.

How long will the bridges last?

With proper care, bridges can last at least 8 to 10 years.

Can I just leave the gap as it is?

Leaving gaps untreated can lead to further deterioration of your oral health. Gum disease and tooth decay are more likely to occur. In addition, empty spaces may cause the teeth to shift out of their proper position. Some people may have difficulty in chewing and speaking when they have missing teeth. These can be overcome with a bridge.

Can I remove bridges?

Unlike a denture which you can remove to clean, bridges are cemented to your teeth and cannot be removed.

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