Dental crowns are used as caps on a broken or missing tooth to protect the life of your teeth. Additionally, Dental crowns and bridges give the tooth the strength, shape, and size to improve your tooth's general look. If your hygienist advises you to get a crown, then get it done as early as possible as delaying the process can cause irreparable damage to your leaving you with no option but getting it extracted.
What is a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Dental Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap placed on the tooth to restore the size, shape, and appearance of the tooth. Dental crowns also augment the strength of the tooth. The function of the tooth becomes regular with the placement of the crown. A bridge replaces more than one missing teeth. Dental Bridges are bonded to the teeth or as implant fixtures.
When is a Dental Crown or Bridge needed?
Dental Crowns and Bridges are required for the following cases:
- To protect or restore a broken tooth caused due to an accident or trauma.
- To replace a tooth that cannot be filled if the gap is too large.
- The crowns can serve as a cap to the implants.
- Crowns can also be used to cover discolored, misshaped, or poorly shaped teeth.
- In cases where root canal therapy is performed over a tooth, crowns are a must.
What is the procedure for Crowns and Bridges?
The procedure for crowns or bridges first begins with a consultation with your hygienist. The hygienist will reshape the existing tooth so that the dental crown will fit over it. A dental impression of your teeth is then taken and sent to the dental lab to have the crown made. The crown can be made from metals of your choice like gold, acrylic, ceramic, or porcelain. Lastly, the crown is fixed to the reshaped tooth.
What is the cost of the crowns and bridges?
Crowns and Bridges are the best and most affordable way to replace missing teeth. The cost of a crown or bridge depends on multiple factors like the type of dental bridge, the number of abutments, and the chosen material.
What are the various types of Dental Crowns?
Dental Crowns and Bridges can be made from different materials such as:
Metals:The metal crowns offer a long-term and durable solution for a missing or broken tooth. Crowns made from metals can withstand hard chewing and biting. They also do not wear down quickly. The only downside is that it hampers the appearance as it is visible from a distance and will be suitable only for the molars.
Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal: In this type of crown and bridge, the inside of the teeth is made of metal, and the outer portion of the crown is made of porcelain, which matches the color of the surrounding natural teeth. Such crowns offer you the double advantage of the metal providing the strength and the porcelain matching the natural teeth' color.
Ceramic Crown:The ceramic crowns are the best option if you do not want metal inserted inside your mouth. They are healthy as well as blend more naturally with your tooth. It looks aesthetically pleasing and is the best option for front teeth.
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