What exactly are Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?
Crowns and the majority of bridges are both fixed prosthetic devices. Crowns and bridges, unlike removable devices such as dentures, which may be removed and cleaned on a regular basis, are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do Dental Crowns function?
A Dental crown is used to completely cover or “cap” a broken tooth. A Dental crown can be used to improve the appearance, shape, or alignment of a damaged tooth in addition to reinforcing it. A Dental crown can also be used to produce a tooth-like shape and structure for function on top of an implant. Dental Crowns made of porcelain or ceramic can be customised to match the colour of your natural teeth. Gold and metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic are among the other materials. The alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may advise you to get a crown if you are:
When there isn’t enough tooth left, replace a huge filling.
Avoid shattering a weak tooth.
Restore a broken tooth
Connect a bridge
Coverage for a dental implant
Cover a discoloured or badly formed teeth. Cover a root canal treated tooth.
How do Dental bridges function?
If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be recommended. Missing teeth leave gaps that eventually lead the remaining teeth to rotate or move into the empty spaces, resulting in a poor bite. The imbalance created by missing teeth can also result in gum disease and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD).
Dental Bridges are typically used to replace a lost tooth or teeth. They fill the gap left by missing teeth. Dental Bridges are attached to the natural teeth or implants that surround the gap. These teeth, known as abutments, function as bridge anchoring. A pontic, or substitute tooth, is affixed to the Dental crowns that cover the abutments. As with Dental crowns, you have a variety of materials to choose from.
Based on the location of the lost tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost, your dentist can help you select which to use. Dental Bridges made of porcelain or ceramic can be customised to match the colour of your natural teeth.
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