Inner Banner

Crowns and Bridge

A crown is typically a false or fake tooth made of porcelain or ceramic. It is a made-to-order tooth, according to the patient’s requirements. Dental crowns essentially act as a cap, covering the entire outer surface of damaged teeth. They also routinely are placed on dental implants to provide an aesthetically pleasing finish. The crown can be made from different materials and finishes, depending on which best suits your situation. Many attributes, such as natural aesthetics, strength, and colour matching to neighbouring teeth to get astounding predictable results. 

Crowns can be matched to your natural tooth colour, providing seamless integration with your smile. Some crowns have gold alloys to improve strength. Once bonded in your mouth, the colour of the crown will not fade. Some patients choose to undergo a dental whitening treatment before receiving a crown to enhance their overall tooth colour before the crown colour is matched.

Process

The dental crown process involves filling down and reshaping the tooth into a smaller size. It then ensures to remove tooth decay from the surface and restore the structure to support the crown. Finally, the dentist cements the crown as a cap on the tooth to further strengthen it.

Dental crowns are versatile and can be used for:

  • Improving the look, shape, and colour of a tooth
  • A visually superior alternative to large fillings
  • Can be attached to dental implants
  • Protect weak teeth from possibly breaking or becoming fractured.
  • Used in dental bridges 
  • Supporting a decayed and damaged tooth
  • Protecting a tooth after root canal procedure
  • Covering a dental implant

Disadvantages of Crowns

  • The procedure of filing and reshaping a tooth to fit a crown can be irreversible.
  • Discomfort short after procedure and sensitivity to hold or cold
  • Pain in biting if the crown is a little too high
  • Porcelain crowns may chip, and multiple chips will need replacement.
  • The dental cement can wash away, resulting in loose tooth and bacteria formation.
  • The patient may turn allergic to the material.
  • Relatively more expensive than other tooth restorations

DENTAL BRIDGE

A Dental Bridge, as the name suggests, literally bridges the gap between teeth. It is a prosthetic tool to fill missing one or more teeth. It’s also porcelain and other materials such as gold or alloys. It comprises two or more crowns on either side of the gap with a false tooth in between to fill the gap.

Dental Bridges are beneficial for:

  • Restoring smile
  • Improving the ability to chew
  • Retaining the shape of your face
  • Distributing equal bites 
  • Keeping other teeth in position 
  • Cost-effective method
  • A quicker process and doesn’t need bone grafting
  • More durable and longer-lasting

Disadvantages of Bridges

  • The strain on surrounding structures, especially the abutment teeth
  • Relatively lesser lifespan than Crowns
  • Issues from bone loss may arise even if the gap is filled.
  • Does not counteract further tooth loss
  • Difficulty in cleaning as bridges are more prone to collecting plaque

Process

A Bridge rests on the healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Those teeth are known as abutment teeth. The doctor begins by filing the abutment teeth in a proper shape to place the Bridge. The teeth’ impressions act as a guide to constructing the Bridge in the laboratory. The sample colour is also necessary for the Bridge to match the colour of the surrounding teeth.

LIFESPAN OF CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Crown and bridges can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years. They can last a lifetime or even need replacement sooner according to your lifestyle.  The most common reason for these prosthetics’ failure is cavity formation, where the crowns and tooth meet. The longevity depends on your maintenance, lifestyle, and oral hygiene regime. Disciplined dental hygiene and routine visits to the dentist have proved to reduce the risk of cavities. Compliance with care and maintenance determines the lifespan of Crowns and Bridges.

WHICH IS BETTER?

The condition of your tooth should influence your discretion. If your tooth is damaged or chipped but can still be used, a crown is a solution. But if you have a missing tooth or need one removed entirely, a Bridge can bridge the gap. But your decision should agree with your doctor for they know best.

[mappress mapid="2"]
image