Dental Crowns or Teeth Crowns are dental restoration caps which are fitted on a portion of tooth lies above the gums. In this way dental crown becomes external surface of tooth giving it required protection and beautiful looks.
As we get older, many of us discover that our teeth that are no longer as structurally sound as they were in our youth. Your regular dentist will usually be able to recognize problem areas which may lead to tooth damage and a need for dental crowns. If the entire surface of the tooth is damaged, but the root system has remained intact, your dentist will usually suggest that a dental crown be put in place. Dental crowns are also capable of replacing missing teeth entirely. The dental crown is secured to the teeth on either side using a bridge section which connects the two dental crowns.
Metal Free Crowns
Metal free dental crowns are becoming popular nowadays. Such crowns look very natural. With metal free dental crowns we can do restoration matching shape, the color / shade and light transmission as same level of other teeth.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dentist needs to take impression of your tooth in order to make suitable dental crown. Actual making of dental crown takes place at lab where the impression is sent. A temporary crown is installed and you will wear this until the permanent crown has been made which usually takes about two weeks. The cement color used for your permanent crown must be the same as used for your temporary crown as the color of the cement does affect the overall color of a porcelain crown.
When you return for your second appointment the permanent crown will be cemented onto your tooth. The dental crown should last for ten to fifteen years. The placement of a crown can usually be completed with only two appointments. However, it is possible that your tooth may require a preliminary restoration. In order to stabilize your tooth, a filling will be put in place prior to placing a crown due to the loss of original tooth structure.
A dental bridge is a false tooth which is fused between two porcelain crowns in order to replace a missing tooth. Each dental bridge is custom made to fill in the space. If spaces are left unfilled the surrounding teeth are liable to drift out of position. Furthermore, spaces from missing teeth can cause your other teeth and your gums to become far more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. In case of missing teeth, you need to discuss dental bridge procedure with our dentist.
Dental Bridge Procedure
In order to place a dental bridge, patient need to receive a mild anesthetic to numb the area and your dentist will prepare the teeth surrounding the open space. If these teeth already have fillings, part of the filling may be left in place to provide a solid foundation for the dental bridge. An impression is made and from this model a dental lab will create the bridge, false tooth and crowns.
You will wear a temporary dental bridge in the mean until you return for your second appointment. Your new bridge will be fitted and adjusted before being cemented to your teeth. Dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. They require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many ten years or more.