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Bridges, Crowns & Dentures
Bridges are made up of one or more dental crowns that are joined together and fixed (cemented) to the teeth on the sides of the missing tooth for a secure and functional fit. Bridges involve placing crowns on the adjoining teeth as part of the structure for support of the bridge. X-rays, impressions and, in many cases, photographs are taken to assist in the design and fabrication of a bridge. Since a bridge does involve several teeth, great care is taken in the crafting and preparation of the bridge to ensure stability, a good fit and the desired functionality.
Crowns are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when other procedures like Bonding or Veneers are simply not enough to restore the damaged tooth. Dental crowns are a popular form of treatment for patients with damaged, broken or worn-down teeth that restore a tooth’s shape and strength, improving the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. Additionally, crowns can protect teeth that have been filled by root-canal treatment. Crowns are permanently cemented to your existing teeth thus requiring the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth. Dental crowns can be aesthetically fabricated to reflect “light” like natural teeth, and mimics the shape, size and colour of the surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns can be made from metal, such as gold, ceramic materials such as porcelain, or a combination of both, known as Porcelain-fused-to metal or ZIRCONIA. Metal dental crowns are usually placed on those teeth that are not overly visible when a person smiles. Dental crowns fabricated from all porcelain possess a translucency that makes them the most cosmetically pleasing of all of the different types of dental crowns. Although they can be very natural in appearance, they lack strength making them the material of choice for front teeth, due to chewing and biting forces exerted on these teeth. Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be a good choice for either front or back teeth as they are a hybrid of porcelain and metal. Therefore, they will provide an aesthetically looking crown with sufficient support to withstand the natural biting forces, but they are not aesthetically as good as ZIRCONIA. Moreover there are chances of porcelain chipping and wearing out over a period of time when metal starts showing up. Therefore, ZIRCONIA crown is preferable crown instead of porcelain fused to metal. Metal in the crowns irritates the gum margin and over a period of time the gum recedes and the metal margin which appears like a black line starts showing near the gum line.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some time getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably. There are two main types of dentures: Full and Partial.
A dental crown may be required in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn out
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth structure left
- To hold a Dental Bridge in place
- To cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
- To cover a Dental Implant
Types of Crowns
Crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, all ceramic or Zirconia.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide the best natural colour match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns or Zirconia crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.
Zirconia crowns and bridges are very strong and can be used anywhere in the mouth. They can withstand the biting pressure of the front teeth as well as back teeth grinding. These crowns have quickly become the preferred material for dental crowns. Zirconium is a very strong substance that can endure wear and tear of everyday use. When looking at Zirconium crowns from an aesthetic point it is clear and very similar to a natural tooth and reflects light the same way. This may be important if your new crowns are on the front of your mouth and it is particularly relevant in cases where the crown will be seen next to the natural teeth. The Zirconia crowns are fabricated by the world’s best known companies labs in India and come with a 5 to 15 years warranty for any breakages and replacement is free. This itself shows that how strong and durable is the Zirconia material. These are fabricated by CAD (Computer Assisted Designed) & CAM (Computer Assisted Milling) Procedure by a 3D technology.
Zirconium Crowns – Procedure
- To accommodate the new Zirconia crowns a portion of your natural tooth’s structure is removed
- A temporary crown will be installed between visits, while the customized Zirconia crowns are made in the laboratories, from the impression taken of the original teeth
- When the new Zirconium crowns are ready the temporary crowns will be removed and your new Zirconia crowns are securely fixed in place
Veneers, commonly known as shells, are thin, semi-translucent laminates. Permanently bonded to your own teeth, they mask tooth imperfections, such as, tooth discoloration, chips and misalignment. Veneers reshape damaged teeth, often leaving them looking better than the originals. Dental veneers are less invasive alternatives compared to dental crowns; however, since veneers and dental bonding restorations are only as strong as the supporting tooth, crowns provide an excellent alternative when the tooth structure and/or strength is questionable. In some cases, composite bonding can be an alternative to porcelain veneers or to porcelain crowns as they are less invasive. Porcelain veneers are unmatched in their ability to create an instant Smile makeover.
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