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A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that the dentist places over a tooth for covering the tooth and recovering its size, shape, and strength, and enhance its look also. At Advance Dental Clinic, a cosmetic dentist applies dental crowns for the following situations:
1. For making a cosmetic change.
2. For covering a dental implant.
3. For covering severely discolored or mishappened teeth.
4. For holding a dental bridge in place.
5. For covering and supporting teeth with large fillings if there are not lots of teeth left.
6. For restoring a broken or severely worn down tooth.
7. For shielding a weak or decayed tooth from breaking or holding together parts of a cracked tooth.
Permanent crowns can be all-metal, PFM (Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal), or Zirconia. Let’s have a look at their brief discussion:
1. PFM Crowns – This type of dental crown represents a hybrid structure where porcelain is fused as a cover over the metal substructure that binds the tooth. These crowns offer both strength and good aesthetics.
2. Metal Crowns – Metal crowns have a good content of platinum or gold or base-metal alloys. These crowns bear chewing and biting forces better and possibly last the longest in terms of wearing down. These crowns hardly break or chip. These crowns are an excellent option for valuable molars.
3. Zirconia Crowns – Zirconia is one of the latest ceramic-like materials that blend the aesthetic appeal of porcelain with the strength of the metal. While PFM crowns have been utilized for decades, newer materials like zirconia are going through constant development to boost their clinical functionality.
Crowns can break like natural teeth and the teeth under the crowns can still get affected by cavities. To prevent such issues, ensure to contact Advance Dental Clinic for professional teeth cleanings!
Are you feeling embarrassed while smiling due to your missing teeth? Well, if you have missing teeth or gaps between your teeth, you can easily solve this issue now. At Advance Dental Clinic, the dentist closes or bridges this gap in your smile with the use of Tooth Bridge Treatment.
A dental bridge is a false tooth (also known as a pontic) that is held in place by the support teeth on either side of the gap. Although bridges can be made from several materials like gold, basically they are made from porcelain to mix in with your natural teeth aesthetically.
There are 4 main types of dental bridges:
1. Traditional Bridge – It contains false teeth being held in place using crowns that are cemented onto every support tooth. The dentist uses it when you have natural teeth on both gap sides made by your missing teeth.
2. Maryland Bridge – Similar to the traditional bridge, it uses 2 natural support teeth, one on every gap side. However, it uses either a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded onto the support teeth backs.
3. Cantilever Bridge – In this bridge, the pontic is held in place using a crown that is cemented to just 1 support tooth. You just require 1 natural tooth next to your missing tooth gap for this bridge.
4. Implant-supported Bridge – It uses dental implants that are surgically placed for missing teeth. These implants hold the bridge in position.
Albeit, even with better oral hygiene, dental bridges often become chipped or cracked, which would need you to replace them. Another reason why you should replace your dental bridges is because of cementation problems when the material utilized to hold the bridge to your teeth fails.