What is the difference between dental crowns and dental bridges?

Crowns are cemented to the abraded surface of one’s own teeth or to those of the inserted dental implants and provide an esthetic denture that gives the patient the feeling of being safe – to be able to chew, speak and smile without any worries.

In dentistry, a bridge is a denture that is made when one or more teeth are missing and the gaps can be “bridged” with a coherent construction.

The adjacent healthy teeth must be sanded down and crowned as bridge abutments. A dental bridge can therefore be considered as an extended form of the dental crown. Alternatively, “artificial teeth”, ie dental implants, can serve as bridge abutments.

When are dental crowns useful?

Dental crowns are used in large-scale damage to natural teeth to restore the original tooth shape visually and functionally.

Such damage can be caused by tooth decay or by mechanical action , such as the breaking of tooth substance by a blow or shock.

Such damage is not only an aesthetic but also a functional problem : a tooth damaged or broken by caries does not look nice and can have a negative impact on self-esteem.

On the other hand, it can no longer fulfill its function optimally, there may be problems with biting off and chewing, possibly also when speaking, in particular the formation of certain sounds.

If no treatment is given, this can later lead to dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint or an altered bite position.

Thanks to tooth crowns, those affected are able to chew, talk and laugh without worries – just like with their own teeth.

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Dental Fillings

What is a tooth filling?
A dental filling therapy means that the tooth parts affected by caries are removed, and in parallel the missing parts in the tooth are replaced by a binding material. Thanks to this procedure, the original condition and shape of caries-affected teeth are easily recoverable.

When filling larger tooth holes, an inlay can be used instead of a tooth filling. Inlays are different from dental fillings in that a single binding material is used as the filling material during filling, so in the case of inlays and onlays in the dental laboratory, a form perfectly touching the tooth is produced, which is attached to the tooth by means of a special adhesive.

What should happen to the existing amalgam filling?
The fact that amalgam fillings are no longer in fashion is due to the mercury content of the fillings. Since scientific studies could not prove, as claimed by opponents of amalgam fillings, the mercury – which is known to be a poisonous metal – in small quantities dissolve from the amalgam filling and thereby poisoned the organism.

Today, the replacement of the entire amalgam filling is for aesthetic reasons or because the existing filling no longer closes accordingly. already possible. After removal, the amalgam filling can be replaced with up-to-date composite material or an inlay.

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Dental veneers

Dental veneers are thin sheets made to measure with materials of the color of the enamel that cover the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance. They are probably the best treatment in aesthetic dentistry that currently exists, since they allow to modify almost all the characteristics of the teeth: color, shape, size and length.

Dental veneers can be made of porcelain or composite resins (composite). Porcelain veneers resist stains better than composite veneers, are more durable and better mimic the luminosity properties of natural teeth. On the other hand, composite veneers are thinner and do not usually require the removal of part of the enamel, as required by porcelain.

Dent Al professionals are responsible for studying the characteristics and needs of each patient to recommend the best treatment option based on a personalized diagnosis.

What problems can solve the veneers?
The dental veneers can modify almost all the characteristics of the teeth. Its use allows to get a new smile immediately and almost permanently. They are used to fix:

– Discolored teeth: although they can solve any type of dental stains, they are especially indicated in those cases that can not be resolved by means of tooth whitening such as staining by endodontic treatment, by tetracycline or by the presence of unsightly restorations.

– Worn teeth.

– Broken or chipped teeth.

– Teeth misaligned or uneven: they can align slightly crowded smiles and balance the shape of the teeth.

– Teeth with spaces between them (they close the diastemas).

The procedure of dental veneers
Treatment with dental veneers usually requires four visits to the dental clinic: a first to make the diagnosis, the second to perform an aesthetic test and preview the result following a diagnostic wax and two more to make and apply the veneers.

Diagnosis and treatment plan: you are the protagonist of the first visit. At this appointment you must inform the dentist of the aesthetic results you would like to achieve. From there, the dentist will examine your teeth to make sure you are a suitable patient to receive dental veneers and will discuss the most appropriate treatment for you.

Mock-up aesthetic test: A diagnostic wax is made from which we can perform an aesthetic test in the mouth of how the veneers will look. After the test, the professional assesses with you the shape, color and position of the new restorations.

Preparation: if you have indicated the composite veneers without the need to remove tooth enamel, in this second visit will be carried out the manufacture and placement of the veneers. If, on the contrary, you should receive porcelain veneers, this visit will serve to prepare your teeth and take the necessary impressions to manufacture the custom veneers. You will be given temporary veneers until the next visit.

Placement: One or two weeks later the veneers will be manufactured and ready to be placed. After checking that they fit perfectly, they are fixed to the teeth and the result is checked.

Getting the smile you’ve always wanted is possible thanks to dental veneers.

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Dental Emergencies – Toothaches

As we all know, Toothaches and any type of oral injury can be extremely painful and should be seen by a dentist immediately. Dental emergencies should be seen immediately by a dentist, day or night. These emergencies include broken teeth, teeth that have been knocked out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket. With some emergencies, the cheeks, lips, or gums will have cuts or abrasions on them from where the teeth come out of the socket.If you’ve had a tooth recently knocked out, the first thing you should do is look for that tooth. When you’ve found the tooth, gently scrub it to get rid of any dirt or debris. Once you have cleaned it, you should place it back in your mouth between the cheek and gums. Whatever you do, you should never try to put it back in the socket. If you can make it to the dentist in time, he may be able to put the tooth back in place. Continue reading “Dental Emergencies – Toothaches” <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

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Cosmetic Dentistry – A Perfect Smile

Teeth are an important aspect of your personality. They play a major role in speech, digestion and enjoying food. It is essential to care for your teeth. Modern dentistry with high-class equipment has made a visit to the dentist a less daunting and painless experience. Plain dentistry has evolved into a new role – cosmetic dentistry. The teeth can be so re-modeled and repaired that they bring happiness into the lives of people who were discontented with their looks. One need not lose self-esteem and self-confidence due to unattractive teeth. Cosmetic dentistry corrects the defects, gives you a dental facelift and augurs well for your confidence. It can change your appearance, making you feel better, look better and happier. Continue reading “Cosmetic Dentistry – A Perfect Smile” <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

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Why consider teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening Glasgow Teeth naturally darken with age and get stained due to our love of drinks like coffee and red wine. People mostly want to get their teeth whitened to improve the appearance of their smile particularly if they have a special occasion looming ahead such as a wedding or graduation. Teeth whitening is also a great confidence booster and will have you walking around with a smile on your face most of the time. Continue reading “Why consider teeth whitening?” <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

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Brighten Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Poets have written many a verse about inspirational and enigmatic smiles. The elusive “perfect smile”, which has in past generations been limited to the luck of genetics, is now available to everyone. Cosmetic dentistry has removed all barriers to ownership of dazzling smiles. As more and more men and women get more conscious about their smile, cosmetic dentists are offering increasingly varied services.Whether a childhood fall that led to chipping off of that incisor, those gallons of black coffee devoured while burning midnight oil, or the once 32 dwindling in numbers due to a parasite invasion popularly called ‘cavities’  – everything can be corrected with one (or several) swooshes of the cosmetic dentist’s wand. But remember that it isn’t always cheap. Depending on the procedure, you may feel your pocket lighter by one to several thousand dollars. Continue reading “Brighten Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry” <span class="meta-nav">→</span>

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