Dental crowns and bridges are a permanent solution for missing or damaged teeth. These essential components of restorative dentistry are prosthetic dental devices that can return your smile to its natural, gorgeous state.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped, ceramic, porcelain, or metal cap, that is permanently cemented over a tooth. It is used to restore the strength, shape, and size of a damaged tooth, and also enhances its appearance. Once fixed in place, it covers the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Zirconia crowns are dental crowns made from zirconium dioxide, an extremely durable metal. Advantages of zirconia crowns include strength, biocompatibility, and they can be installed within one day.
Dental crowns are typically used when a natural tooth or dental implant is fractured, broken, or damaged, to avoid further damage. They can also be used to cover permanently discolored or deformed teeth and support large fillings.
A dental bridge consists of two crowns, which go over the teeth adjacent to the gap, called the abutment teeth, and a pontic or artificial tooth, suspended between two crowns. Once a dental bridge is cemented into position, it looks and functions just like natural teeth. Usually, they are made of porcelain fused to metal.
Once your custom-made dental crown or dental bridge is fitted, it is important to follow a regular and effective oral hygiene routine, such as brushing and flossing 2-3 times a day, to prevent decay, at the point where the crown and tooth join. Also, schedule regular appointments with your dentist, as recommended.
Try to avoid toffees, lollies, and other sticky foods, and avoid adding unnecessary stress to your teeth, such as chewing pens, or crunching chicken bones or ice. A dental floss threader and water jets can be used to clean underneath your dental bridge.
Dental bridges rely on existing natural teeth to stay in place, so it depends on what remaining teeth a person has. They can replace as many as four missing teeth at a time, and sometimes even more. A partial denture is a good alternative if you have many teeth to replace.
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