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.
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.
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.
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.
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.