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Bridges, Crowns & Dentures
Dental Bridges are used to fill-up the gap between missing teeth. They are made of dental crown (either one or more) that are joined together and are fixed on sides of the missing tooth. This ensures a secure and functional fit. Placement of crowns on adjoining teeth is a part of the structure. This placement supports the bridge. Dentists take X-rays, impressions and, in many cases, photographs which helps in assisting the design and fabrication of a bridge. Bridges are prepared with utmost care as it involves several teeth. It is highly important that the bridges have a good fit and are stable for their longer life and desired functionality as a result dentists lay special emphasis on crafting & preparation of bridge
Dental Crowns are used to bring tooth in proper shape by inserting a tooth shaped cap on it. It improves the appearance of the tooth. Sometimes Bonding & Veneers are just not enough to repair damaged tooth in this case dentist advise to place crowns. It is a very well known form of treatment to restore a tooth’s shape & strength which is damaged due to injury or is broken or worn-down. Not only does it strengthens the teeth, it also improves the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. Additionally, the teeth which undergo root canal treatment can be protected by placing crowns. Crowns looks exactly like your natural teeth, as a result require same level of care, protection and attention. They are permanently cemented to your existing teeth and are aesthetically fabricated to reflect “light” like natural teeth, and mimics the shape, size and colour of the surrounding teeth.
One can explore various options for Dental crowns. You just need to choose from gold or ceramic materials such as porcelain, or a combination of both metal & porcelain, known as Porcelain-fused-to metal or ZIRCONIA. Since metal crowns are visible due them being silver or golden in color, therefore they are usually placed on the teeth that are not overly visible with the person’s smile. The porcelain-fused-to metal or Zirconia are mostly preferred of all different types of dental crowns due to its translucency which makes the appearance cosmetically pleasing. A person looking for natural appearance will go with porcelain crown but they lack strength and as a result are used only on front teeth as biting and chewing exerts pressure on back teeth making it unfit for such crowns. For front & back teeth dentist may advice porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns as they are a hybrid of porcelain & metal. This is because they can withstand the natural biting forces. But they are not as good as ZIRCONIA. There is a possibility that porcelain may chip & wear out over a period of time and the metal starts showing up. Due to all the possibilities stated above ZIRCONIA crown is usually preferred instead of porcelain fused to metal. The reason that people no longer opt for metal crowns is that they irritates the gum margin which over a period of time can recede the gums. As a result metal will start showing up near the gum line.
Dentures are used as a replacement of missing teeth. They are custom made according to your teeth structure. Though they will never feel exactly like the natural teeth, yet the dentures available now are more comfortable and natural looking than before. They are removable in nature i.e. they can be taken out of the mouth while eating and sleeping and can be put back again.
Dentures are a good solution for missing teeth as they help to improve the appearance and smile. They support the facial muscles and prevent them from sagging and make you look younger. Missing teeth can lead to speech impairment and it also make chewing difficult. Dentures are the solution for all these problems. There are two main types of dentures: Full and Partial.
Why is a Dental Crown required?
A dental crown may be required in the following situations:
- Your teeth sometimes become weak due to decay or injury as a result there are wide chances that it will break. Dentures holds the parts of weak or cracked tooth together.
- The broken or severely worn out tooth can be restored via Dentures
- When there is a large filling then there isn’t a lot of tooth structure left. Dentures in such case can cover and support the tooth
- It also holds and keeps Dental Bridge in place
- This can cover severely discolored, misshaped teeth & dental implant
Types of Crowns
Types of Crowns
The options of Crowns are large in number and can be made between all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, all ceramic or Zirconia.
All-ceramic or porcelain dental crowns are best suited if one desires for natural color crowns. These are also suited to the people who are allergic to metals. Though they appear to be natural in color yet they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns or Zirconia crowns. But if it All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth
The crowns and bridges of Zirconia can easily withstand the biting pressure by front teeth as well as the back teeth (it can even withstand teeth grinding by back teeth). Because they are so strong, they can be used anywhere in the mouth due to which these crowns have become the preferred material for dental crowns. Zirconium is a very strong substance that can endure wear and tear of everyday use.
If a person has aesthetic concerns such as they need a crown in the front teeth or next to natural tooth then Zirconia crowns are the best suitable. They reflects light in the same way as natural tooth. Fabrication of Zirconia crowns is done by the world’s best known companies labs in India. Not only are they fabricated by best labs but also come with a 5 to 15 years warranty for any breakages and free replacement. This gives a clear picture about 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
- Zirconia crowns are custom made in laboratories. They are made for a particular tooth or set of teeth. Therefore, the very step is to take the impression of the original teeth.
- To place Zirconia crown a portion of natural tooth structure is removed. Your dentist will initially install temporary crown while the customized crowns are made in laboratories.
- Once ready your customized Zirconia crown will be securely fixed in place of temporary crown
Veneers are thin, custom–made shells of tooth colored material designed to cover front surface of teeth. These shells are used to change the color, shape, size or length of front teeth. Permanently bonded to your own teeth, they can fix discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned or even irregular shaped teeth. Veneers can reshape damaged teeth, with teeth that might look better than the originals. Though they are a viable alternative for dental crowns, yet they are only as strong as the supporting tooth so if the tooth structure or is questionable, then dental crowns are an excellent solution than veneers. Because composite bonding are less invasive, they are in some cases used as alternatives to porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns. Porcelain veneers can created instant beautiful Smile due to their unmatched ability.
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