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PROSTHETIC DENTISTRY
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CROWNS AND BRIDGES

A dental crown is a type of tooth restoration that fully cups the portion of a tooth or dental implant that lies at and above the gum line. The crown becomes the tooth’s new outer surface. A dental crown is permanently cemented to the tooth it has been made for. Once placed the tooth-crown unit together functions and is cared for, just like a natural tooth.

Types of Crowns and Bridges:

These are best suited for the front teeth as they can be colour matched to your teeth and looks exactly like natural teeth. It is suited for people with allergies to metal.

It lasts longer than any other crown type as it can endure biting and chewing forces and they rarely break. It is the most economical choice for the cannot-be-seen molars.

Unlike metal crowns, these can be colour matched to your adjacent teeth However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown's porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth, but since the advent of metal free caps, PFM caps are less preferred in areas of high aesthetic requirements.

Need for Crowns and/or Bridges

  1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place
  5. To cover severely damaged or discoloured teeth
  6. To cover a dental implant

Problems with Dental Crowns

As dental crowns have been in common use since the 1960s they have had a considerable amount of research, testing and trialing and have proved themselves over and over to be an excellent choice to restore a broken down tooth. Dental crowns can be problematic in the following areas:

  • Aesthetic problems (the way they look).
  • Functional problems (the way they work with your surrounding teeth and jaw).
  • Longevity (the length of time they last)
DENTURES
Dentures or Removable Dental Prosthesis A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Removable dentures are often used to replace extensive tooth, bone and gum-tissue loss, thus providing support for the facial skeleton, lip and cheeks. A new denture can have attachments that snap or clip it into place on the implants or a custom made, milled bar can be fabricated to create additional strength and support for the restoration.