Crown & Bridge
Q.Why is it important to replace lost teeth?
A. Lost teeth need to be replaced, or the results can be severe.
- Chewing and general health can be affected.
- The appearance of the front teeth and the smile can deteriorate.
- Teeth adjacent to spaces may drift and tilt into them.
- Teeth in the opposite jaw, over the space, can grow longer because there is no opposite tooth to bite against, and keep it in place
Q.How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These 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
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental Implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Q.How do Bridges Work?
A. A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.
Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.br
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.
Q.What are the methods of replacing missing teeth?
A. The methods of replacing teeth are determined by the position of the gap, its size and th presence or absence of adjoining teeth:-
- Oral Implants
- Cast Partial Dentures
A crown replaces part or all of a natural crown.
A crown can also replace a lost tooth by being attached to a dental implant .
A crown can be joined to a metal post that is embedded in a remaining root of a tooth. This is called a post-crown
The advent of Metal Free Ceramics has crown and bridge scenario tremendously as it has combined the toughness and life like aesthetics of ceramic without use of metal as a coping
A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space, which replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a "bridge" because it spans the gap between two teeth. It is not removable by the wearer
Missing teeth need to be replaced within a period of three to six months as it restores appearance, improves speech and chewing ability.
The dentist in consultation with the patient must select the method of replacement