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Crowns and Bridges Treatment

Crowns and bridges are common restorative dental treatments used to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth. Here's a brief overview of each:

  1. Dental Crowns:

    • Dental crowns, also known as caps, are custom-made prosthetic restorations that cover the entire visible portion of a tooth above the gum line.
    • They are used to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of a damaged or weakened tooth.
    • Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, metal alloys, and zirconia, depending on aesthetic preferences and functional requirements.
    • The crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth structure, providing protection and support while blending seamlessly with the natural teeth.
  2. Dental Bridges:

    • Dental bridges are prosthetic devices used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
    • A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) attached to dental crowns on either side, which are placed over the adjacent healthy teeth (abutments) or dental implants.
    • The crowns on the abutment teeth or implants provide stability and support for the bridge, allowing it to function and appear like natural teeth.
    • Bridges can also be made from various materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and zirconia, to achieve optimal aesthetics and durability.

Treatment Process:

  • The process of getting crowns or bridges typically involves multiple dental visits.
  • During the initial visit, the dentist prepares the affected tooth or teeth by removing any decayed or damaged tooth structure and shaping them to accommodate the crown or bridge.
  • Impressions of the prepared teeth are then taken to create custom-made crowns or bridges that match the size, shape, and color of the natural teeth.
  • Temporary crowns or bridges may be placed to protect the prepared teeth while the permanent restorations are being fabricated in a dental laboratory.
  • Once the permanent crowns or bridges are ready, they are placed and adjusted for fit, comfort, and aesthetics.
  • The crowns or bridges are then permanently cemented into place, restoring the function and appearance of the smile.

Crowns and bridges are effective solutions for restoring damaged or missing teeth, improving oral function, and enhancing the overall esthetics of the smile. Regular dental check-ups and proper oral hygiene practices are essential for maintaining the longevity and durability of crowns and bridges.

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