Treatments Crown & Bridges

Crowns are tooth shaped "caps" that are placed over the front or back teeth and they cover it to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has large decays & has been severely worn down.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not a lot of tooth left. Teeth with large fillings are weak and often break when biting.
  • Over a root canal treated tooth which is very likely to crack or break.
  • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
  • Permanent Crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
  • Metals used in crowns include gold or a base-metal alloy (for example, nickel or chromium). Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and rarely chip or break. The metallic color is the main drawback.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM Crowns) can be color matched to your adjacent teeth. After the All Ceramic Crowns, PFM Crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the Crowns Porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so, if the gums recede. The only drawback is that the crowns porcelain portion can chip or break off but except for esthetic considerations even in those cases the underlying tooth is not harmed.
  • All-resin Crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
  • All Ceramic or All Porcelain Crowns provide the best natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. All Ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth although they are a tad expensive.
  • Temporary versus permanent. Temporary crowns can be made in your dentists office whereas permanent crowns are made in a Dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel and can be used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is constructed by the Dental laboratory.
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A missing tooth can detract from even the most beautiful smile. A Bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a Dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth. A Dental Bridge can fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A Bridge uses two crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap and false tooth/teeth (Pontic) in between. These false teeth called Pontics can be made from Alloys, Porcelain, Gold or a combination of these materials. Dental Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants.

There are different types of Bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.

Fitting and placement of Dental Bridges is a two-visit process. During the first visit, the abutment teeth or the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth are prepared. The preparation may involve re-contouring these teeth to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then impressions of your teeth are made which serve as the model from which the Dental lab will make your Bridge. The temporary Bridge can be made for you to wear until you get the permanent one is fabricated. During the second visit, the temporary Bridge is removed and permanent Bridge is cemented after a bisque trial.

Missing teeth need to be replaced at every cost as one missing lower molar ultimately causes damage to 5 teeth. All our teeth balance on each other. Likewise upper teeth reply on lower teeth for something to chew against. When a back tooth is lost, there may not appear to be any immediate problems with the rest of your teeth. However, over a period of time, problems develop that can lead to the loss of several other teeth. The reason is, when the lower back molar tooth is lost, the teeth next to it can tip over into the space left by the missing tooth. In addition, it is very common for the upper opposing tooth to overgrow and once this happens there is no way of pushing that tooth back into its correct position and it usually needs to be removed. In other words, by losing one back molar tooth and not replacing it, a domino effect usually begins, causing the ultimate loss of several other back teeth. Over time, other problems such as increased spacing between front teeth, abnormal bite characteristics, increased incidence of gum disease, increased decay, increased stresses on remaining teeth,

  • Tilting of the Lower molars which are immediately next to the missing teeth.
  • Supra Eruption or Overgrowth (either downward or upward) of the opposite Teeth causing the adjacent teeth contact to break & thus cause gaps and thereby food lodgment in that area.
  • Exposed Root surface of the opposite teeth due to over eruption.
  • Occlusal imbalance leading to improper closure & jaw pain.

Another type of Dental Bridge, called a cantilever Bridge, is used to replace a missing tooth in an area of the mouth that receives less physical stress. This type of Dental Bridge is used when just one side of the empty space caused by an absent tooth has remaining healthy teeth. With a cantilever Bridge, the false tooth is anchored to one or more natural teeth on one side only.

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