CROWNS AND BRIDGES

A crown covers a tooth that has been damaged. Not only will a crown strengthen a tooth, it will also improve its shape, alignment and appearance. Crowns are placed over teeth or implants to provide the correct shape for proper bite and function.  Porcelain crowns can be matched to your natural tooth color.  Crowns can also be made of alloys like gold or other metal.  Each case is specific.  Porcelain is a popular choice since it is both attractive and strong.

Usually two visits are needed to fabricate a crown. The dentist will examine your tooth and then do any needed preparations of the tooth in the first visit. The second visit is for placing the crown and ensuring its proper function and esthetics.

The tooth to be crowned is shaped in accordance to the type of crown material selected.  Once the tooth is ready, the dentist will make a mold of the tooth so that the crown can be made to fit perfectly. We will then place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it while the permanent one is processed. During the second visit the dentist will place the permanent crown on the tooth.  We will check that the crown fits well and has the beautiful esthetics to match your smile

A bridge can also be named as a “fixed removable denture” and it is designed to replace missing teeth. They are supported in the mouth in one of three common ways:

By using the remaining natural teeth
By using implants
By using a combination of implants and teeth
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A dental bridge literally fills in the gap that is created by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is comprised of at least two crowns on either end and the artificial tooth or teeth situated in between. The artificial teeth can be made from materials like:

Gold
Alloys
Porcelain
Any combination of these three materials together

In most cases, a dental bridge will last anywhere from five to 15 years; and sometimes even longer. For those who practice good oral hygiene and have regular checkups a bridge should last over 10 years.

Visit our dental clinic to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful.