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Cosmetic Procedures

crown & bridgework

 

CROWNS

What is a crown and what are its advantages?

A Crown, often called as a Cap, is a fixed restoration, which completely covers a tooth to its required shape and size when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function.

When a tooth is generally broken down and a filling is not enough to solve the problem. A crown is used to protect the structure of the decayed or damaged tooth. It can also be used to attach a bridge or to protect weak teeth from fracturing.

A crown can be used to address aesthetic needs and enhance your smile. It is useful in changing the shape or colour of a tooth and also to correct a bite or cosmetic problem.

A crown can be made of different materials, such as gold or other metals, or porcelain. At Care, we recommend porcelain crown, as it is strong and can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth creating aesthetic appearance. Furthermore, porcelain is resistant to staining and can be cleaned easily if this does occur. However, the options are open to suit the individual needs. Come and visit us and find out more about what type of crown is the best for you.
Your visits

First Visit

1. The tooth is shaped making it smaller to facilitate the most effective placement of the final crown.

2. An impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for processing the crown according to specifications set by Dr.Tony.

3. To protect the prepared tooth, a temporary crown is made to cover the tooth until the placement of the permanent crown. NOTE: The temporary crown is not as strong as the final crown, chewing on the opposite site is recommended as well as avoiding sticky and hard foods. It is possible that the crown may come off or is loose; call us as soon as possible to arrange the replacement.


Second visit

1.The temporary crown is removed.

2. The new crown is placed over the reshaped tooth. The colour and shape are checked.

3. If the results are correct and you are comfortable with it then the crown is then cemented and bonded to the prepared tooth.

 

BRIDGES

A Bridge is another option used to replace one or more missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, it is essential to insert a replacement tooth as soon as possible. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite and can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

The fixed bridge spans the space where the teeth are missing and helps restore normal function and proper position of your bite. A fixed bridge is made of various metals, porcelain, or a combination of the two. Dr. Tony will help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.
Types of Bridge

A bridge consists of crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. The teeth adjacent to the space are used as anchors to support the replacement tooth.

Another type of bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. This type of bridge is often referred to as “Maryland Bridge” or “Butterfly Bridge”. It is more conservative as the abutment teeth do not required to be trimmed all around to accommodate for crowns. However, it is not suitable for all cases depending on the bite, chewing habit and position of the missing tooth. It is only used for a single missing tooth.

As another option, bridges can also be supported by dental implants.

Your visits

The steps in preparing and fitting a bridge are similar to those for a crown.

1. The supporting teeth, which are used as anchors for the bridge, will be reshaped.

2. An impression is taken to measure the prepared teeth and of the surrounding and opposing teeth, then, sent to a dental laboratory for processing the bridge according to specifications set by Dr. Tony.

3. The colour of the bridge will be selected as you wish. (Tooth whitening may be recommended if you would like to have whiter and brighter teeth. Discuss with Dr.Tony, he will explain to you a variety of options that we offer at Care.)

4. To protect the prepared tooth, a temporary bridge is made to cover the tooth until the placement of the permanent bridge.

Next Visits

1. Once your fixed bridge arrives from the laboratory, the temporary bridge is removed. Dr.Tony will cement or bond the permanent one into place after making any necessary adjustments.

2. Further adjustments may be necessary after the bridge has been tried in the mouth for a few days.
Long Lasting Results for Crown & Bridge

A crown and a bridge can lose their support, if the teeth or bone holding them in place are damaged by dental disease. As with natural teeth, with good oral hygiene, your crown or bridge can last a very long time. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.

Regular visits to Care for checkups and professional cleanings are recommended. To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

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