Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown?

A Dental Crown is a tooth-like cap that is placed over a repaired tooth to strengthen its structure while restoring its appearance and functions. The crown is used to cover the visible part of the tooth – that lies above the gum line – as a means to correct the tooth’s shape, and color, contour, and size.

When constructed from the porcelain material, a dental crown is a stable and extremely strong restoration that can be custom designed and fabricated to your unique specifications. The porcelain restoration is also known for its natural aesthetics and tooth-like properties, due to its ability to mimic the color, shade, and translucency of natural tooth enamel.

Candidate for dental crowns

A dental crown is suitable for patients who wish to preserve the healthy parts of a natural tooth, strengthening it following repair work, to avoid extraction. Dental crowns can help to repair teeth that have been badly damaged by tooth decay, disease injury, or trauma. While the tooth-like cap can help to reinforce the structural integrity of your tooth, it can also restore it to its original size, shape, or alignment.

What is a dental bridge?

A Dental Bridge is used to restore single or multiple tooth loss. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, your restorative dentist will recommend the most appropriate type that suits the condition of your teeth, gums, and mouth.

When a tooth loss condition has left a gap in your upper or lower arch, a dental bridge may help to fill the gap with a bridge-like device that holds the prosthetic tooth

in position. The dental bridge relies on the natural teeth on each side of the gap for support and anchorage. A dental bridge may be cemented to your natural teeth or retained by implants as a permanent fixture.

Candidate for dental bridges

A dental bridge can help to replace one or more missing teeth. To be considered for the procedure, you must have sufficient remaining natural teeth that are strong enough to support the bridge.

Why choose crowns and bridges?

A dental crown is a versatile restorative treatment that can be used to improve the appearance and function of teeth that are cracked, decayed, or worn. Some of its common uses include:

Tyles of dental bridges

MARYLAND BRIDGE

Also known as a resin-bonded bridge used for front (anterior) teeth – as opposed to molar teeth that are used for high-pressure biting or chewing action. The Maryland Bridge features a wing-like framework that is attached to the prosthetic tooth and anchored onto the adjacent teeth on each side of the gap.

FIXED BRIDGE

Also known as a resin-bonded bridge used for front (anterior) teeth – as opposed to molar teeth that are used for high-pressure biting or chewing action. The Maryland Bridge features a wing-like framework that is attached to the prosthetic tooth and anchored onto the adjacent teeth on each side of the gap.

CANTILEVER BRIDGE

Has a similar structure to Fixed Bridge, except the Cantilever Bridge, is only attached to a single existing tooth – instead of being connected to both adjacent teeth. This solution is mainly recommended in cases where one of the patient’s natural adjacent tooth – on either side of the gap – is not available for anchorage.
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