What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
A Crown/Cap is a covering on the tooth which may be metallic or tooth coloured. It may be required when the tooth is terribly broken due to a decay, a fracture or other reasons. After a root canal therapy your tooth structure needs to be strengthened by capping it.
A bridge on the other hand is an extended form of a crown used to replace the missing teeth. It is a cheaper option than dental implants, but needs support on both the sides of your natural teeth, which thus have to be trimmed to make room for the crowns on either side.
Your Tooth crown/bridge should have the following features for longevity:
- The final size of the crown should be similar to your original tooth.
- The Crown/bridge should mimic the anatomy of the natural teeth.
- The margin where the crown ends should be definite on the tooth and the crown should conform to the outline of the natural tooth.
- The most neglected portion is the undersurface of the replacement tooth. It should passively touch the tissues, be easily cleansable and should be highly polished without any concavities. (in case of PFM, preferably in ceramic)
- Most importantly the patient should be motivated for maintenance.
|Options available||Materials (Chemical content)||Method of fabrication|
|Full Metal (metallic luster)
Metal with ceramic covering (PFM)
|Nickel chromium (traditionally used)|
(used for longer bridges)
|Traditional way of casting
(less accurate, cheaper
|Noble metal alloy (golden lustre)||Computer aided fabrication(more accurate, costly )|
|Titanium (recent advancement, Light in weight)|
|Completely ceramic (metal free)
(best replication of teeth)
|Lithium disilicate (emax)
(more lifelike, single crowns)
Full coverage Dental Crowns and Bridges:
They cover all the walls of the tooth, fortify a root canal treated tooth, add on to the lost tooth structure due to wear and tear and replace the missing teeth.
Resin Bonded Bridges for front teeth:
The Resin Bonded Bridges is primarily used for your front teeth. This dental treatment is Less expensive than other Bridges. This tooth Bridges is not a very popular treatment option, but the Prosthodontists, Dr. Pratik Chheda and Dr. Radhika Chheda, at Procare Dental Clinic will surely do justice to give you a much conservative option like this, especially if you were to replace your missing lower front tooth.
Porcelain Laminate Dental Veneers
A permanent solution to discoloration or minor teeth malalignment are ceramic veneers which is a more conservative approach than crowns. Ceramic veneers are widely used by models, actors and actresses to enhance their smiles by the virtue of their ability to match the colour properties of the neighbouring teeth with an amazing glaze and light transmitting and reflecting properties. With our two directors Dr. Pratik Chheda and Dr. Radhika Chheda, both being Prosthodontists with keen interests in laminate veneers, with research backing and international publication to their names, one can say that Procare Dental Clinic would easily be the best dental clinic in Mumbai or for that matter Best Dental Clinic for Veneer treatment.
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