Discover Crowns & Bridges
Our teeth are important contributors to our well-being. We require food to live and for energy and our teeth play a very important role in the digestive process.
They also add to our attractiveness, to our facial structure and to our smiles. This is an important reason for us to take good care of them. Unfortunately, sometimes, despite our best efforts we may injure our teeth due to many reasons.
As a part of the recovery process, the dentist may suggest dental crowns or tooth bridges to be added. These are prosthetic devices that are fixed onto our teeth permanently. Unlike dentures or braces, these cannot be removed. Let us learn more about them.
What are Crowns & Bridges?
Dental Crowns: A dental crown is a cover like a ‘cap’ that is used to cover up a damaged tooth. A crown can be made from ceramic, gold, metal alloys, or acrylic.
Tooth Bridge: A tooth bridge is used to fill the gap between two or more teeth. They fill in the space where the teeth are missing. Generally, they are cemented to the natural teeth or implants on both sides of the missing tooth/teeth. Bridges, too come in different materials. However, the choice of material depends upon the location, function and aesthetic look of the missing tooth and is selected after careful consideration with the dentist.
What is the need?
A dental crown may be needed to
- Replace a large tooth filling.
- Protect a week tooth from fracturing.
- Restore a fractured tooth.
- Attach a bridge.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth.
- Cover a tooth after root canal treatment.
A tooth bridge may be needed to:
- Cover a gap / space between two teeth
- Failure to do so can result in a bad bite, gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorders.
Procedure & Expectations
When you visit the dentist, s/he will take an x-ray of your teeth and jaws. Then, he will reduce the tooth where the crown or bridge has to be fixed and take an impression of your teeth and jaw. After this the impression will be sent to the dental lab which will make the crown or bridge in the material of your choice. During this period a temporary crown or bridge will be placed over your teeth. Once the permanent bridge or crown is ready, it will be permanently fixed to your tooth/teeth.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods such as ice. Although crowns and bridges can last for a long duration, they can sometimes become loose of fall out. Proper dental hygiene, brushing twice a day and regular visits to the dentist can help to prevent this.
Some of the advantages of using a dental crown or bridge are that they
- Strengthen a damaged tooth.
- Improve a tooth’s appearance.
- Improve a tooth’s alignment
- Improve a tooth’s structure and function.
- Improve dental occlusion (bite)
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