Crowns & Bridges

Crowns provide an ideal means to rebuild teeth that have broken down or weakened due to repeated cycles of extensive dental fillings.

They can protect the tooth from further breakdown while at the same time restoring the tooth to an ideal shape, appearance, and functional position.

Crowns are held in place using dental cement.

A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The alternative is to use a removable denture or a dental implant.

Following a detailed examination, your dentist advises whether a bridge is an ideal solution for you and, if so, what would be the best type and design.

Bridges are held in place using dental cement.

What are crowns and bridges made from?

Crowns and bridges are made from various materials, including resin, ceramic, or a metal alloy. It is also possible to have ceramic bonded onto a metal alloy, providing the best strength and appearance combination.

How are crowns and bridges made?

Following a thorough clinical examination, including x-rays, we can advise you whether your case is suitable, together with material choices, treatment sequences, and any other concerns you may have.

Preparation of the teeth is required to create space for a crown or a bridge to sit. It involves the reduction of the tooth size (usually under local anesthesia) followed by an impression or mold. The mold taken is then sent to a laboratory where skilled technicians will fabricate the crown or the bridge. It usually takes two weeks to fabricate a crown or a bridge during which a provisional crown or a provisional bridge is fitted.

Once completed, the final crown or bridge is tried to confirm the excellent fit, harmony with the bite, and appearance, after which it is cemented.

How Do I Care For Crowns And Bridges?

Crowns and bridges are made of materials that do not deteriorate over time. However, the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gum disease. Therefore, daily brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral health and keeping the crown trouble-free.

Occasionally, ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture, and we can repair it inside your mouth only if minor damage occurs, or otherwise, re-making will be needed. Again, regular check-ups will enable your dentist to detect problems and recommend necessary treatment.

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