Dental Crowns and Bridges are commonly sought Cosmetic dentist procedures as they can preserve and restore smile. Besides, they can restore the functions of damaged teeth in certain cases. Many people have heard about these procedures but may not have an idea of what they really are and their indications.
Also referred to as Dental caps, Dental crowns are artificial restorations (prosthetic devices) that cap or encircle a damaged teeth or Dental implants to prevent further decay or fracture, preserving their functions. They strengthen and give teeth the natural appearance. Crowns are made from porcelain, glass, gold-alloy and ceramic.
Crowns are extremely important in repairing teeth that have been broken, or the ones that have been weakened by a huge filling or decay.
The other vital functions include providing attachment for a Dental bridge, covering a Dental implant, covering a poorly shaped or discoloured tooth, protecting weak tooth from fracture, covering a tooth that has undergone Root Canal Treatment.
Dental Bridges are prosthetic devices that bridge the gap created by one or more of missing teeth. They span the gaps left by the missing teeth. Bridges are usually cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the gap (called abutments) with a false tooth or teeth in-between. The false teeth are referred to as pontics and can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys or combinations of all these.
These procedures are indicated for individual missing one or more teeth. They are important because the remaining teeth usually tend to rotate or shift toward the gap resulting in poor bite. The gaps can also predispose to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and gum disease. If successfully done, dental bridges can:
It is important to understand that Crowns and Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that can only be removed by a qualified Dentist. If well performed, Dental Crowns and Bridges can last for between 5 and 15 years depending on your personal hygiene and care.
The cost of these procedures varies depending on a number of factors. These include the material used, the number of teeth to be replaced or repaired and the service provider.