We, at Advance Dental Care Centre have state of the art infrastructure and expertise pertaining to Prosthodontics. It is the dental speciality involving diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and or tissues with the help of biocompatible substitutes. Oral functions are restored with the help of complete or partial dentures, fixed bridges and crowns of various materials.
We offer both removable and permanent Prosthodontics treatment along with bridges and crowns.
As we grow older, some of our teeth no longer remain structurally sound as they we in our youth. There could be several reasons leading to structurally weak teeth such as improper bite, age, and tooth decay or in some cases due to grinding of the teeth. A dental crown can be recommended in such cases where the root system has remained intact. Dental crown is all about restoration and it is also capable of replacing the missing teeth entirely.
Dental bridge is provided for the patient who is missing one or more teeth. Giving strength to the adjacent teeth, a dental bridge prevents the surrounding teeth form moving. Unlike partial dentures, dental bridge is permanent.
The missing tooth is replaced with a bridge connected between two crowns or caps, which is permanently cemented or bonded on the adjacent teeth. Before making a bridge, condition of the supporting gums and bones of the teeth are assessed and bridges can also be used to replace a small number of teeth if the neighbouring teeth are strong.
First step for making a dental crown is to make the dental impression of the tooth. Then the crown is moulded and placed in place of decaying tooth. For making a crown of the tooth, restorative materials like porcelain, silver and gold are used and scientific technique of CAD/CAM is applied.
A bridge in teeth is made of reducing the size of either of the adjacent teeth for correcting the dental bridge problems. Afterwards, an artificial tooth made out of porcelain or composite material is placed in place of decayed tooth. This can also be called as dummy tooth. It involves three steps – tooth preparation, restoration fabrication and post restoration treatment.
Crowns and bridges are commonly used procedure to tackle tooth decay. These are more common in case of people between the age of 30 and 50. In rare case, these are also performed upon youngsters/teenagers. Although this procedure is very popular, a patient can however go for dental implant alternatively.
Functioning of crowns
Used as a cover for the damaged tooth, a crown, besides providing strength, can be used to improve the appearance, shape and alignment. A crown is sometimes placed on top an implant to give it a tooth like appearance. Crown is made up porcelain or ceramic to match the colour of the natural teeth. Other materials like alloys, gold and acrylic are also used in some cases. These are stronger than porcelain and usually recommended for back teeth not visible. A crown can be recommended for replacement of a large filling or to protect a weak tooth from fracturing. It is also used to cover a dental implant or restore a fractured tooth. It some cases, it is placed to cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth or in case where a tooth has undergone root canal treatment.
Longevity of Crowns & Bridges
Crowns & bridges can last for a lifetime if good oral hygiene is maintained. A bridge can lose its strength if the corresponding teeth or bone become weak. Therefore it is very important to keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing everyday twice a day. Also, one should regularly visit the dentist for checkups and professional cleanings. Besides, chewing of hard foods or ice should be avoided to prevent damage to crown & bridges.