Crown & Bridges (Artificial teeth)

Crown& Bridges (Artificial teeth)

 

Crowns and bridges are common dental restorations used to replace missing teeth or restore damaged teeth. Here’s some information about crowns and bridges:

Dental Crowns:

  • Dental crowns, also known as caps, are tooth-shaped prosthetic coverings that are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth. They restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance.
  • Crowns can be made from different materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials. The choice of material depends on factors such as the tooth location, function, and aesthetic considerations.
  • The process involves preparing the tooth by removing any decay or damaged portions. The tooth is then reshaped to create space for the crown. An impression of the prepared tooth is taken, which is sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the custom crown. A temporary crown may be placed while the permanent crown is being made. Once ready, the permanent crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth.

Dental Bridges:

  • Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth (pontics) that are anchored in place by dental crowns placed on the adjacent healthy teeth.
  • Similar to crowns, bridges can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys.
  • The process involves preparing the adjacent teeth by reshaping them to accommodate the crowns. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory to create the bridge and crowns. A temporary bridge may be placed while the permanent bridge is being fabricated. Once ready, the bridge is cemented onto the prepared teeth, filling the gap and restoring function and appearance.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges:

  • Restoring function: Crowns and bridges help restore the ability to chew and speak properly, especially when missing or damaged teeth affect these functions.
  • Enhancing aesthetics: They improve the appearance of your smile by filling in gaps and restoring the natural shape and color of teeth.
  • Preventing further damage: Crowns protect weak or damaged teeth from further decay or fractures, while bridges prevent adjacent teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned due to gaps.

Maintenance

  • Good oral hygiene is crucial to maintaining crowns and bridges. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and regular dental check-ups are important to ensure their longevity.
  • Avoid habits that can damage the restorations, such as biting on hard objects or using teeth as tools.
  • Your dentist will provide specific instructions on how to care for your crowns and bridges, including any additional cleaning techniques or products recommended.