Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning and rehabilitation of clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or tissues using biocompatible substitutes. Dental Prosthodontists treatment restores oral function through dentures – complete and partial, fixed bridges, crowns of various materials, implant supported dentures, temporom andibular joint disorder etc. At My. Dentist, with in Dental Prosthodontics treatment, we offer Removable Prosthodontics and Permanent Prosthodontics along with Bridges and Crowns.
Dental Crowning is all about dental restoration. Under this procedure the decaying tooth is completely encircled to save it from degradation or breaking-out. Whereas Bridge in teeth, involves restoration of missing teeth by putting an artificial teeth in its place permanently.
Dental Bridges : A bridge stabilizes the bite of a patient who is missing one or more teeth. Bridges prevent the surrounding teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth. A missing tooth that is not replaced may cause surrounding teeth to become unstable and require removal, compromising oral health or change the shape of the face and diminish the beauty of a smile.
Unlike partial dentures, bridges are permanent; patients need not remove them. The missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth connected between two crowns (caps), which are permanently cemented or bonded on the adjacent teeth.
Bridges can be used to replace a small number of missing teeth if the neighboring teeth are sufficiently strong. The number of missing teeth, condition of the neighboring teeth, condition of the supporting gums and bone are all important factors which need to be assessed prior to making a bridge.
Procedure : Simply saying, in dental treatment, a dental impression of tooth is made to make a crown. Once the crown of tooth is moulded, it is implanted in the place of decaying tooth. For making a crown of tooth, restorative materials like porcelain, silver and gold are used. Scientifically proven methods like CAD/CAM, Leucite Reinforcement are applied to carry out the procedure.
In case of dental bridge problems, a bridge in teeth is made out by reducing the size of either side of adjacent teeth, and then putting an artificial tooth, made out of porcelain or composite resin. In layman’s language, this restorative tooth is called the dummy tooth. The entire process of Bridging involves three steps: tooth preparation, restoration fabrication and post – restoration treatment.
Facts about Crown and Bridge
- Types : Permanent Prosthodontics, Removable Prosthodontics, Crowns & Bridges
- Local Anesthesia : Generally administered
- Length of Treatment : 1month (can also be less)
- Stay at Hospital : Not required
- Pain : Moderate to very less
- Teeth Bridge Cost : Nominal
- Tooth Crown Cost : Nominal
Crowns and bridges are scientifically proven and tested methods of tackling tooth decay. These are generally practiced on people in their mid 30’s and elder people above the age of 50. In rare cases, these are practiced upon youngsters/teenagers. Despite of the fact that these two procedures are so popular, one can also go for dental implants if suggested by the doctor. However, the dental implantation cost is higher as compared to the dental bridge cost.
Whichever method your dentist restores to in the end, we at My. Dentist make sure that you receive the best dental treatment.
How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to :
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that had root canal treatment
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.