A dental crown, is a customised restoration that covers the entire visible portion of a damaged or weakened tooth above the gumline. Crowns are used to strengthen and protect a tooth that has significant decay, cracks, fractures, or has undergone root canal treatment. They can also be used for cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of misshapen or discoloured teeth. Here's what you need to know about dental crowns:
- Materials: Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are popular choices due to their natural appearance that closely matches the colour of natural teeth.
- Procedure: Getting a dental crown usually involves two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared by removing any decay or damaged portions and shaping it to accommodate the crown. Impressions are taken, which are used to create a custom crown. A temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it. In the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is placed and securely bonded to the tooth.
- Benefits: Dental crowns can restore the strength, function, and appearance of damaged teeth. They also provide protection against further decay and fractures.
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth supported by dental crowns attached to the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges help improve chewing, speech, and the overall appearance of your smile. Here's what you need to know about dental bridges:
- Types: There are different types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges (supported by dental crowns on adjacent teeth), cantilever bridges (supported by a single adjacent tooth), and implant-supported bridges (supported by dental implants).
- Procedure: Similar to crowns, getting a dental bridge usually involves multiple visits. The adjacent teeth or implants are prepared, impressions are taken, and a temporary bridge is placed while the permanent bridge is being fabricated. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is secured in place, restoring the appearance and function of the missing teeth.
- Benefits: Dental bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth, preventing neighboring teeth from shifting, improving oral function, and restoring your smile's aesthetics.