Crowns And Bridges
Both Crowns and Most Bridges Are Like Replacement Parts for Your Teeth
And once in place, they’re there for a long time and will mean your teeth will both look and function naturally.
They’re different to dentures (or false teeth) that you can take out and clean daily because they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown can be used to cover or cap a damaged or broken tooth, usually after root canal treatment or if a large amount of your tooth got lost due to cavity. Once in place, it resembles the look of your own tooth, while strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic material which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Sometimes gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic will be used and that’s where our dentists will always recommend the type of crown that would do the best job. Some other conditions that warrant the use of crowns are –
- 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 discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
When you are missing one or more teeth, there is empty space left in your mouth, which may cause your other teeth to drift and fall into the empty spaces. The bite pattern changes drastically and some issues arise.
A missing tooth or teeth can play havoc with your mouth and lead to gum disease and headache, migraine and pain in the jaw, neck or shoulder because of what is called call TMJ pain (TMJ means temporomandibular joint and is the joint just in front of each ear, where your jaw bone connects to your skull).
That’s where a dental bridge can be perfect for you.
It can replace one or more missing teeth by spanning the space where the teeth were missing. The bridge is cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space as they serve as anchors for the bridge. Each of those teeth is covered with a crown and the replacement tooth or teeth are attached to those crowns.
There is a choice of materials for bridges, which your dentists will help you decide on.
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