Crowns and bridges are two of the most widely used dental restorations owing to their simplicity and versatility. They are made from dental-grade ceramic, which is highly customizable and offers excellent physical properties.
What Are Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorations that resemble a natural tooth in appearance but are hollow on the inside. When placed on a prepared tooth, crowns cover them entirely and help to get rid of their surface imperfections, strengthen their structure, and give them an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Crowns are widely used to treat teeth that are cracked, naturally misshapen, extremely weak or worn out, spaced too far apart from each other, among other concerns.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Bridges are prosthetic teeth-like restorations used to replace missing natural teeth. They are held in place with the help of crowns on either side of the solid prosthetic tooth. Bridges are quite a popular option when it comes to replacing missing teeth as they do not require surgery to be placed in the mouth. Instead, they are held in position using dental adhesives.
What Are The Advantages Of Choosing Bridges and Crowns?
- Crowns and bridges are custom-fabricated to excellently fit and make you feel comfortable with the restoration.
- Crowns hold extremely damaged, weak, or worn-out teeth intact and keep them from being extracted.
- Bridges can be placed without the need for surgery.
- Bridges and crowns last for many years without undergoing significant wear or damage, provided you care for them well.
- They not only restore oral aesthetics but also help you regain oral functionality.
- Their color, texture, shape, and other physical aspects can be customized to match the adjoining teeth, thus giving you a perfect smile.
How Are Crowns And Bridges Fabricated?
First, our dentist will perform a thorough screening process to see what restorations you need. We will digitally scan the teeth and take x-rays to get a better view of the teeth. Once your need is validated, the dentist will prepare the teeth for the procedure.
The teeth will be cleaned, and a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the teeth that require restorations. Next, a digital impression of the teeth will be created and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication, which would take a few days. In the case of CEREC restorations, they will be fabricated in a few minutes in the dental practice itself.
Once the restorations are ready, we will clean the teeth thoroughly and roughen them using an etching solution. The dentist will place them on your teeth and check for a perfect fit. Once confirmed, we will bond them to the teeth using dental adhesives and harden them using a curing light. A bite test will help us see if the restoration has altered your natural bite, and the necessary modifications will be made.
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