Crown and Bridges can not only enhance the aesthetic aspect of your teeth but it strengthens and provides more durability and stability.
Crowns or sometimes referred as caps require the reduction of tooth structure and are less conservative than veneer preparations. A bridge is one alternative for the replacement of missing teeth. It generally requires the shaping and reduction of the teeth directly next to a missing tooth and is particularly indicated in cases where the teeth adjacent to the missing one are damaged or heavily filled and crowns are required. Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth which replaces the missing tooth.
These techniques however can not only enhance the aesthetic aspect of your teeth but it strengthens and provides more durability and stability. It is a procedure that is used to often repair and restore extensive damages caused to your teeth but the great thing about it is once again it can be personalised in size, shape and colour to achieve your desired look. It can be placed over any tooth front or back and depending on the material used it can also give an enhanced but realistic look. It is however important to consult one of our dentists experienced in the area to determine what best suits your unique case. The result can be indistinguishable and long lasting!
Some of the areas where crown preparation may be applied to are
- extensive damage to tooth or broken tooth
- failed fillings
- previously heavily repaired tooth
- protection followed by root canal treatment
Both crown and bridge procedures typically require two appointments
In the first appointment, the tooth is prepared for a crown and a mould is taken in order to make the crowns/bridge in the laborator
A temporary crown/bridge is then placed on the tooth to protect them from damage
At the second appointment approximately two weeks after the first, the temporary crown/bridge is removed and the permanent crown/bridge is fitted and cemented onto the teeth.
They can be made from either all-porcelain, gold covered by porcelain or all-gold. The material selected depends on the needs of each individual patient and takes into account aesthetic demands, strength requirements and the amount of tooth structure and space available. It is important to note that crown can still be subject to decay, cavities and fracture but with proper after care crown can last for many years. It includes practicing good dental hygiene and regular routine dental check ups to keep on track of your maintenance.
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