Common Uses for Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are required in various situations. When a tooth is badly broken down due to trauma or decay, or when a tooth requires a root canal treatment, crowns are routinely fabricated to protect the tooth from further breakdown.
Crowns are stronger than regular fillings and protect teeth that may otherwise fracture and become untreatable. Crowns cover the entire tooth surface and are made of Full Porcelain, Zirconia or Porcelain over Metal. With advances in materials and techniques, crowns can give you the strength, beauty and translucency of a natural tooth.
Dental bridges are used to replace unsightly missing teeth. Bridge utilises adjacent teeth as anchors for the bridge, covering both the supporting teeth surfaces and the missing teeth.
Similar to crowns, they are made of Full Porcelain, Zirconia or Porcelain over Metal.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges last for about 5-15 years on average with most lasting upwards of 20 years. The longevity of these crowns and bridges is dependent on regular dental checks, good self-care and oral hygiene where dental decay and gum disease is under control. Frequent or accidental biting of hard food might cause trauma which can damage these crowns and bridges, causing the crowns and bridges or the teeth beneath it to fracture.
How long does treatment take?
It depends on the complexity of the case. For most cases, it will be a 3 visit appointment. For the first visit we will do a consultation and take the necessary x-ray records and begin to plan the sequence of the case. During the second visit, we will proceed to prepare the tooth by doing a crown preparation followed by the taking of a detailed mould of your teeth as well as your biting relationship. This is to facilitate the laboratory to do a good crown. Finally, we will fabricated a temporary crown for use for about 2 weeks while waiting for the definitive crown to be completed. On the third visit, we will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the definitive crown and cementing it down permanently.
Do crowns and bridges look ugly?
Advances in technology have allowed crowns and bridges to be natural looking, almost similar to your existing teeth colour.
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