Dental crowns and bridges can restore the function of decayed and missing teeth. Loss of teeth at any age is a matter of psychological and social concern. Teeth may be lost due to dental caries, trauma, or periodontal disease. When a permanent tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth will start shifting. The tooth that is below or above the one that was lost will also move out of the socket in that empty space. This also increases the chances of periodontal disease. If the missing tooth or teeth are not replaced in a timely, then there are more chances of loss of the rest of the teeth.
What is a dental crown and bridge?
A dental crown commonly called a cap is an artificial prosthesis that is fixed on the top of a damaged tooth with an adhesive called dental cement. It encircles the tooth- it’s a full coverage cap.
A dental bridge covers the space when one or more than one tooth is missing in the dental arch. The tooth on either side of the space is covered with crowns. The false teeth in a bridge are called pontics and crowned teeth are called abutments.
Dental crowns and bridges are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth.
What is a dental crown made of?
A dental crown is made of the following materials-
- All metal
- PFM or porcelain fused to metal
- All ceramic
- Zirconium Crowns- to know more about zirconia crowns and bridges, read more
Various factors like function, aesthetics, and cost are considered before choosing the right material for you.
How the crown or bridge treatment is performed ?
At the first dental visit, a thorough dental check-up is done after making history. X-rays are done to evaluate the condition of the damage. If the damage is more, then root canal treatment is performed on the concerned tooth. If RCT is not needed then the area is numbed with local anesthesia.
The tooth which is to be crowned is trimmed off or given a shape so that there will be sufficient space for a crown or bridge.
After the tooth preparation phase, impressions are taken of both the upper and lower arch along with the bite record. If needed temporary crowns are given until your next appointment.
Your second visit will be after a few days or a week after the first visit.
In the next appointment, the crown or bridge is properly adjusted and then fixed with dental cement.
Other factors we consider
Function –efficient in chewing and biting
Aesthetics – look life-like and natural in appearance, color matching is a must.
Compatible– the crown must be compatible with the surrounding tissues
Why do we need dental crowns?
- To restore the form and function of the fractured or damaged teeth.
- To improve the appearance of discolored teeth.
- To improve the aesthetics of a tooth that is misshaped or out of line.
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
- To cover a dental implant.
- To strengthen the tooth after the root canal treatment procedure.
- To cover a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth structure left.
Getting a dental crown or bridge is a pain-free procedure. Once you get your dental crown, you may feel discomfort for one or two days. This feeling of new will go soon as it will be adjusted in your mouth. If taken proper care of, dental crowns and bridges will last for many years.
If you are looking for the best dental crown and bridge treatment near you, then Shubham Dental Clinic will give you the best treatment.