Aesthetic dentistry

Crowns and bridges

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If your tooth is broken or weak (e.g.: after endodontic treatment) or if you want to improve its looks we may be able to apply a ceramic crown. We would make a bridge to fill gaps after missing teeth, it is fixed permanently to the neighbouring teeth. We offer solutions without metal.
 

You will find the answers to the most common questions regarding crowns and bridges below. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us.

Q. What are crowns?

If a tooth was destroyed or weakened due to a large decay loss or filling, a crown should be placed over it. We will adjust the crown to the shape and colour of the remaining teeth, so that it looks natural. The crown will be used for many years, but it is dependent upon a healthy mouth. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent crown is ready.

Q. What are bridges?

Bridges comprise of fake teeth, which are permanently fixed to the healthy neighbours. They are used to fill the gaps, reinstate the functions and looks of the missing tooth. A bridge may be made from porcelain, metal or both. In preparing a traditional bridge the dentist files down the neighbouring teeth, dental arches from both sides, so that they will permanently support the bridge.

There are many types of bridges. The natural teeth on both sides of the gap are ready to apply the bridge. These crowns are permanently fixed to the fake tooth in between.

Q. What is the process of making crowns, bridges?

The process of applying crowns/bridges requires two visits to a dentist, 4-7 days apart.

First visit: A dentist makes a panoramic image in order to assess the state of health of the mouth and if need be, teeth are treated in preparation for making the crown/bridge. Preparation entails removal of some enamel from the teeth to make space for the crown which will be placed over them. We select the colour for the new tooth. We take an impression of the prepared and neighbouring teeth. We cement a temporary bridge/crown to protect the prepared teeth in between visits.

Second visit: We remove the temporary bridge/crown. We check the colour and shape of the final bridge/crown to be permanently fixed. If you and we are happy with the colour and fit of the bridge/crown, we cement it permanently.

Q. How should I care for my crowns/bridges?

A tooth on which a crown is sitting does not require additional care. You should maintain correct hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and cleaning the gaps between teeth with dental floss at least once a day - especially around the crown where the gum meets the tooth. Bridges are cemented permanently and thus cannot be removed for cleaning. In order to keep the tooth clean, the gap below the bridge must be cleaned every day with a special floss, a standard brush will not suffice. Our hygienists will show you how to use dental floss under your bridge.

Q. What materials are used for bridges/crowns?

We make permanent crowns and bridges from porcelain fused to metal or porcelain fused to gold. We also provide metal free solutions such as cercon or procera. Crowns and bridges “fused to metal” match the colour of the neighbouring teeth. Next to ceramic crowns, crowns “fused to metal” look like the most natural teeth. However, sometimes a fragment of the metal lining the crown under the layer of porcelain, may show as a dark line especially if your gums are receding (especially at the gum line). Such crowns may be a good choice both for front and back teeth. For front teeth, a dentist may use a more aesthetic porcelain covering the dark line, achieving a much more aesthetic look.

Fully ceramic crowns and bridges ensure a better natural colour fit than “fused to metal” crowns. However, they are not as durable, as the “fused to metal” crowns and bridges, and they grind opposing teeth more than metal crowns. Fully ceramic crowns are a good choice for frontal teeth.

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