Dental Crowns & Bridges

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is an artificial cap like structure that covers the tooth and is fabricated from metals or porcelain. When two or more crowns are joined together to replace missing teeth, the appliance is called as a bridge.

Metal crowns can be made from stainless steel or even noble metals like gold. When considering placing a crown, function and aesthetics are considered for optimal results. For example, if a front tooth requires a crown then typically a complete ceramic or porcelain crown is placed.

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What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used only if there are one or more missing teeth. The teeth falling beside the missing teeth are reduced in size and are used as abutments. The abutments support the dental bridge. One or two crowns are fixed to the abutments depending on the number of missing teeth.

As dental bridges are fixed to the abutment teeth, they are called as fixed partial dentures. They offer maximum comfort when compared to their removable counterparts.

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Dental crowns are used in the following cases

Strengthen the tooth

A weak tooth which has lost most of its surfaces due to dental decay is an ideal case for dental crowning. A dental crown covers all the sides and strengthens the tooth to bear the chewing forces.

Cover a root canal treated tooth

When a tooth undergoes root canal treatment, it becomes brittle from within. A dental crown protects the tooth from any breakage.

As a part of dental bridge

Dental crowns are the units of a dental bridge. Hence, they help in tooth replacement as well.

Mask discoloration

Superficial discolouration can be treated by tooth whitening or simple professional cleaning. When the stains are from within then a dental crown is the only solution.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Crown and bridge are essential components of dental restoration and are used widely depending upon the dental need of the patient.

Dental crowns used at Smiles on Chapel are made here in Australia by a local lab, handcrafted to suit each individual patient.

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