CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices. These are not removable such as dentures and are usually fixed into existing teeth or into dental implants. These can only be removed by a dentist. They provide a fixed and long term solution to missing or damaged teeth, eventually helping you to get your smile back!
What are Crowns?
A crown is a prosthetic device used to correct a tooth structure that is damaged or fractured. It is basically like a specially manufactured tooth, usually made of porcelain or ceramic. These match the natural texture and colour of your teeth. Sometimes, a crown is also made of gold alloy with a porcelain exterior to ensure extra strength while replacing a back tooth.
To fix the crown, the tooth is filed and reshaped to a smaller size following which, decay is removed. The restored tooth structure then supports the crown. A crown fits like a cap over this new tooth structure and is locked down into position.
What are bridges?
A bridge is a prosthetic device that provides replacement for a missing tooth. They are made of both metal and porcelain to achieve more strength and durability as well as natural looking teeth.
A bridge is made up of prosthetic teeth which are fixed rigidly between two crowns. The teeth on either side of the gap are first prepared for the crowns and then the bridge is fixed into place. In certain cases, implants are used in place of existing teeth. Once cemented, the bridge works just the way your natural teeth do.