Crown and Bridge
A crown is a manufactured cover for damaged, weak, discoloured or missing teeth. It is normally made of porcelain fused to a metal or zirconia frame.
The tooth has to be shaved and reduced to create space for the crown and then an impression is taken from the tooth and sent to the lab to fabricate a custom-made cap for the prepared tooth. The cap is then fitted and cemented to the tooth.
It preserves the tooth’s structural integrity and makes it stronger and prevents any tooth fracture.
While we are waiting for the crown to be made by the lab we cover the tooth with a temporary crown to prevent it from chipping and to ensure the patient does not experience any sensitivity.
Sometimes crowns and bridges are used to replace a missing tooth. In this case, we fit 2 crowns to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and a false tooth is attached to these crowns. In this way we can replace one or several missing teeth.
The maintenance of a crown is the same as taking care of natural teeth, since it needs brushing and flossing. To clean under the bridge, super floss or micro brushes can be used and recently water jets have become available to rinse under the bridge where it is difficult to reach with normal brush.