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Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed. Over a tooth to cover it to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the Entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Dental crowns can be fashioned from stainless steel, ceramic, acrylic, gold and metal alloys. Unlike removable devices such As dentures, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. They can fill gaps in the mouth when one or more permanent teeth are lost or extracted, restoring the functionality and aesthetics of the mouth.
True to its name a dental bridge actually fills up the gap of a missing tooth. A bridge is made of two crowns for side teeth and an artificial teeth in between which feels up the gap. This can restore your smile and you can gain back your confidence. While dental bridges remain the most common treatment for missing teeth, many patients today prefer the superior but more expensive solution of dental implants. If a patient is missing one or more teeth but is not necessarily a good candidate for dentures or dental implants, he or she may be fitted with a dental bridge. There are different types of dental bridges like Traditional fixed dental bridges, bonded dental bridges, Cantilever dental bridge and Dental implant Bridge. The dental bridge type most suitable for each patient will be determined by the dentist depending on the number and position of missing teeth, the condition of remaining teeth, budget restrictions, and the aesthetic requirements of the patient.
Steps in the process
- Examining and preparing the tooth for the crown or bridge
- Reshaping the tooth if required
- Taking the impression and making the crown or bridge in the lab
- Placing a temporary crown. At this stage you maybe suggested soft and marshy food
- Permanent crown or bridge is placed
This depends on individuals, that is the number of teeth for bridges or crowns . Generally a 1 to 2 weeks procedure