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Crowns, Bridges, and Ceramics

What Is A Crown?

A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. It can be made from plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. A combination of metal and ceramic is also possible to maximize strength and simulate the appearance of natural teeth.

When Is A Crown Needed?

As a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discoloration.

How are crowns made?

After a thorough clinical examination, our highly trained dentist will advise you on material choices, treatment sequence and any other concerns you may have. The tooth to be crowned is prepared. This involves reduction of the tooth size (usually under local anesthesia) followed by an impression or mould of the prepared tooth. This trimming of the tooth is required to create space for the crown to be fitted. The mould taken is then sent to a lab where skilled technicians will fabricate the crown. In the meantime, a temporary crown is made and fitted onto the trimmed tooth.

At the following appointment, the temporary crown is removed. The lab-fabricated crown is tried on the tooth for fit, harmony with the bite, and appearance. Finally, the crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth with dental cement.

How long do crowns last and how do I care for them?

Crowns are made of inert materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease.

Ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture. Avoid chewing excessively hard substances like ice or bones. Daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health as well as keeping the crown trouble-free. Regular check-ups will enable your dentist to detect any problems with your crown and recommend necessary treatment.

What Is A Bridge?

A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It uses the teeth on either side of the gap to anchor onto. It will only be possible if the teeth supporting the bridge are strong enough and if they have good bone support. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared, crowns are placed over the prepared teeth and these are attached to the artificial tooth.

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