There is nothing more satisfying than a pleasant smile. If you are suffering from tooth problems such as advanced tooth destruction, fractured teeth, root canal treated teeth, to improve tooth esthetics or to replace a missing tooth and want to get rid of them and possess a broad, beautiful smile, then ceramic Crowns and Bridges are your ultimate answers. Crowns and Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices which are cemented onto the teeth.
Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A Crown is commonly used to replace a large filling when one does not have enough tooth structure left or to protect Root canal treated teeth from fracture or failure. On the other hand, Bridges are commonly used when one or more teeth are missing. Crowns and Bridges require the same kind of care as your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are extremely necessary. Because even though they help the damaged teeth get strengthened it is also necessary that they are taken care of.
Dental Crowns are prepared with the tooth impressions they’ll be covering. Before making this impression, a prosthodontist must first reduce your tooth’s size so that the crown fits properly. He may also place a temporary crown while the permanent one is being made.
Types of Dental Crowns: There are four different types of dental crowns.
1. All Ceramic
These are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth colour. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material, for example, E- Max crowns and Zirconia Crowns
2. Porcelain-fused to metal
This crown provides a stronger bond between porcelain and a metal structure which is also extremely durable.
3. Gold alloys
This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn’t fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself.
4. Base metal alloys
This crown is made up of non-noble metals that are highly resistant to corrosion, and make for a very strong crown. It also requires the least amount of healthy tooth to be removed prior to fitting.
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What is the difference between A Crown and A Bridge?
A Crown is used when a tooth is damaged and it needs to be restored into its natural appearance. On the other hand, a bridge is used when there are missing teeth and they are restored by taking support of the adjacent natural teeth. As these are fixed prosthetic devices, only a Prosthodontist can help in removing or changing them.
Why do I need a Bridge and a Crown?
A bridge is required to avoid any kind of space in the alignment of teeth. Because, if you lose a single tooth, the other teeth can also move and shift out of place which might give rise to other serious dental issues. Hence, a Bridge is extremely necessary to keep the spaces filled and maintain the structure of your smile.
A dental Crown is needed in order to restore the form and function of an affected tooth. But, it is advisable that you consult a prosthodontist before the installation of a dental bridge.
How long will my Crown and Bridge last?
The first and foremost factor on which the longevity of Crown and Bridge depend upon is personal care and hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing and clinical checkups can assure you about how long your crown will last. As far as the bridges are concerned, they generally last for ten to fifteen years. But, negligence and lack of proper care may result otherwise.
Will people be able to notice my dental crown or bridge?
In modern times, a dental crown or a bridge is made up of ceramic materials which look absolutely natural. Hence, they are hardly noticeable. In fact, at times, it gets difficult for people to distinguish them from your natural teeth. So, it is hardly possible for anyone to understand if you have a crown or a bridge.
What are crowns and bridges made out of?
Dental crowns and bridges are often made out of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or Full monolith zirconia or porcelain fused to zirconia. Both the false tooth and the crown are generally made of porcelain to give it a natural look. The purpose is not to make the teeth noticeable and keep it as natural as possible.