WHAT IS A CROWN?
Crowns are the perfect way to replace teeth that are broken, crooked or have been damaged beyond repair. There are many different types of crowns, but they all have a few things in common: they use a cap made of ceramic or metal that is carefully crafted to look and feel like a real tooth. This cap is bonded to the remaining part of the broken tooth, covering the original damaged area completely. The end result is often spectacular, with the new crown looking and feeling just as natural as the tooth it replaced.
WHAT IS A BRIDGE?
A bridge uses the same concept, but is used to span a gap of one or more missing teeth. Basically, a bridge consists of two crowns that are cemented onto existing dental roots with an unsupported crown in between them.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE CONSIST OF?
Measuring, preparing and mounting a crown or bridge is a fairly long and complicated process. The dentist will first make several imprints of the existing teeth to ensure a perfect fit. Next, the site of the crown is prepared by removing damaged material from the existing tooth to create a solid foundation for the new crown. Often, a temporary crown or cap is put in place between treatments, allowing you the eat as usual between dental appointments.
The final crown is usually created from metal and ceramics in a technical laboratory by specialists who used the imprints to make a perfectly fitting replacement. The dentist will often make minutes adjustments to this crown to make sure it fits perfectly.
Crowns are more expensive and time-consuming than fillings, but the end results can be quite spectacular. Quite often, a dentist is able to completely restore a beautiful smile – or even make minute adjustments to this crown to make sure it fits perfectly.
IS PLACING A CROWN OR BRIDGE PAINFUL?
Often, when preparing the site for the placement of a crown, the dentist will have to do some drilling in the original tooth, but this should be virtually painless with proper anesthesia and care. Putting in the crown is a process that involves a lot of feeling inside your mouth and careful measuring, and although most people would agree it is not exactly comfortable, this is not painful at all.
HOW LONG WILL A BRIDGE OR CROWN LAST?
Anywhere from decades to a lifetime, depending on your eating habits and the general state of your teeth.
WHAT MATERIALS CAN BE USED FOR CROWNS AND BRIDGES?
Common materials are amalgams of gold or platinum or ceramics, which can be made to the exact color of the surrounding teeth, so that the tooth or molar blends in perfectly. It is up to you what you want your smile to look like!