A crown, also known as a cap, is a thin covering that encases the entire tooth surface to restore its original shape, size and colour. A crown protects and strengthens existing tooth structure which cannot be restored through fillings or other methods. Crowns can be used to address broken, fractured or decayed teeth, as filling replacements or as a cosmetic enhancement to an existing tooth.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain are the most popular, because they are technically coloured to match your natural teeth. They are highly durable, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
A dental bridge is a fixed permanent fixture and an effective technique to repair multiple missing teeth in a strong, natural way. There are several types of bridges. Through detailed discussions, you and your dentist will decide which bridge method is best suited to your individual requirements. The “traditional bridge” and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal to enhance their strength. This option is particular popular as it is tailored to match your existing tooth colour. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that are affixed to anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and artificial teeth (pontics) are used to ‘bridge’ the gap.
What Does Getting A Crown Or Bridge Involve?
A crown or bridge procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first appointment your experienced dentist will take several impressions to create your custom crown or bridge. Then your tooth will be cleaned, sterilised and prepared to be a solid foundation to affix your new crown or bridge. Finally, a temporary fixture is fitted to give you a natural smile while your permanent restoration is being fabricated.
At your second appointment your temporary crown or bridge will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned again, and your new restoration will be carefully placed to ensure accurate spacing and a good bite. Then you walk out with a restoration that is functional, strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing.
You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to maintain your crown. If you are suffering from any of the conditions described above, contact our experienced team for an appointment.
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