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Crowns & Bridgework

crown-and-bridgeDo you know a dental crown or “cap” is what you need to cover a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth? Well, it serves as a replacement for a tooth entirely in the dental bridgework process.

A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line as opposed to a dental veneer. A dental veneer covers only a tooth’s front surface which needs the support of a natural tooth structure to be firm. Therefore, when you experience a missing tooth, a crown is one of the therapeutic options to opt in for.

Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, thereby making them function as if nothing ever happened to the teeth. Through high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are beautifully carved that it becomes hard to distinguish it from natural teeth. However, they can even be designed in a way to add a more original appearance to the tooth. Other alternatives include porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM). They have a metal interior which gives strength and also a porcelain exterior which offers a more natural appearance. Also, all-porcelain crowns with zirconia could serve as a good representative of a stronger ceramic. We would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of these various options with you.

Crowning or Capping a Tooth

For dental Crowns, which requires a step by step process of crowning or capping a tooth, it usually takes two to three visits.

The first visit is when your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown.

Procedure: It is shaped in a way that fits the inside of the new covering. It will require some drilling to give the tooth a uniform shape after the tooth, and the surrounding area is numbed. Several measures might be put in place to fill the tooth to level it, thereby supporting the crown.

After the tooth is prepared, the observations are taken either digitally or with reliable, putty-like impression materials. These impressions are sent to the laboratory for further modeling to create the crown that best suits your teeth conditions. Also, it is sent to the laboratory to ensure that your smile has a functional benefit you’ve lacked beforehand.

Before the permanent crown is ready, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it. Later, a resin is used to fasten your permanent tooth, and this hardens due to a permanent cement that will be used in the process.

Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

As the natural teeth require special attention, so also does crowns and bridgework. Always brush and floss between your teeth to ensure there aren’t remnants lodging there to form tooth decay – for both natural and restored teeth. As you do this every day, it reduces the risk of dental plaque buildup, which is as a result of consistently scheduled cleanings. And if you’re fond of using your teeth to open up packages, it is a bad habit that you should consider stopping to save yourself from pains and the high cost of treatments.

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