Crowns & Bridges
Crowns provide full coverage to protect teeth from further breakdown and to restore aesthetics. Depending on the case, crowns are either all tooth colored or in some circumstances gold.
Common cases in which a dentist may consider a tooth for a crown or bridge would include:
- Heavily broken down tooth / teeth. To prevent any further damage.
- Tooth/teeth which have undergone root canal treatment.
- Cracked tooth/teeth.
- Aesthetic concerns.
Bridges provide an option for filling gaps or spaces left by teeth that are missing. Further, bridges fill missing spaces by fusing more than one crown together. Case selection for bridges is very high. As the adjacent teeth need to be strong and suitable to support the increased loading. Thus, our Skygate dental team will go through a full assessment to determine suitability.
The majority of crowns these days are called all-ceramic crowns. All-ceramic crowns offers the ability for improved aesthetics, when compared to the traditional ceramic-metal crowns. As all ceramic crowns are all silica/glass based; providing greater translucency and optical properties . Another commonly used crown for improved strength would be a zirconia-based crown.
What are functions of a Crown or Bridge?
- To protect the tooth from further breakdown.
- Improves the aesthetics of a tooth/teeth.
- Helps restore the size and shape of a tooth that has be damaged.
What is the process or steps involved in getting a Crown or Bridge?
The first stage of crown is to assess the overall condition of all the teeth. After a complete treatment plan has been made and the overall condition and risk has been assessed and deemed appropriate. Then treatment options for a crown can be considered.
The First Stage: Crown or Bridge preparation
Your dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the region with the tooth. This is necessary so the whole procedure is pain free. Next, your tooth will be prepared in a conservative manner to preserve as much tooth tissue as possible; while at the same time allowing for sufficient room for the crown and its necessary bulk strength.
In some instances the dentist may need to rebuild or repair portions of the tooth during the crown preparation procedure. This is necessary as the tooth is providing the retention and resistance form for the new crown. After the crown preparation has been completed, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth for the lab technician.
During the process of the crown construction, a temporary crown will be made to protect and seal your tooth until the crown is ready. During the temporary crown stage it is important that you still clean your teeth to make sure the gums remain healthy. It is however, important to floss with great caution, as in some stances you can dislodge the temporary crown. If this happens do not become overly concerned, it is best to call the dentist as soon as possible and a new temporary crown can be constructed.
The Second Stage: Crown or Bridge Insertion
On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed. The tooth is then prepared (cleaned); then a permanent adhesive is used to cement the crown into place. During the next 24 hours your new tooth will feel different, as it will take the body time to become used to the new form. During the insertion procedure the dentist will check the bite to ensure the crown is seating properly; however, it is best to go easy on the new tooth for the first few days to ensure it has settled and feels comfortable.
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