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All about dental crowns

A tooth is likely to get infected due to germs from food and other impurities. The infection is treated through RCT (Root Canal Treatment), after which a tooth-shaped cap, known as a crown, is placed on the tooth. This helps restore size, shape, function and appearance of the tooth. In case a large part of the tooth goes missing, then the crown becomes the best solution.

Why will you need a dental crown?

Dental crowns are necessary to protect lives of teeth. As per doctors at Spadent, here are the different reasons for having a crown:

Restoration of the tooth having undergone RCT

Replace the tooth which is too large for filling

Discoloured, badly shaped or formed tooth

Protection or restoration of teeth from fractures due to accidents

For a bridge

Dental crowns give strength to the tooth, enhancing its appearance. If you have been advised by Spadent to get a crown and you are delaying the process, it will only lead to further damage, resulting in extraction becoming the last resort.

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Different types of dental crowns

Dental crowns can be made of different materials. These include:

Ceramic:- If you wish to have the same strength of your tooth as metal but do not wish to get metal inserted into your mouth, a ceramic crown is the best option. It is not just strong but also blends naturally with the colour of your teeth. It is the best option for the front, back and bridges as well.

Metal:- Looking for a durable and long term solution? Metal is certainly the best option. You must have seen gold crowns being commonly used- they bond with the teeth nicely. Hard biting and chewing actions are also undertaken by them easily. The only issue is that one can see them from a distance.

Porcelain fused-to-metal:- In case you have aesthetic concerns but still like metal, this becomes a convenient option. While the inside of the tooth is made of metal, its outside is composed of porcelain, giving you a dual advantage. Porcelain matches colour of the teeth and metal is responsible for strength.

Take care of your crowns

Do not gorge on sticky food

Do not have very hot or cold food, which could result in sensitivity

Crowns must be installed only by an expert, such as a dentist at Spadent. Poor placement reduces their longevity

You must not chew pencils or bite nails

While clenching your teeth, you are advised to use a mouthguard

Dental bridges for better oral health

According to expert dentists at Spadent, if you are looking for a low-risk, affordable and time-tested treatment method to protect teeth, a bridge is the best option. It is called as a bridge because, quite literally, it bridges the gap between missing teeth. A bridge normally consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, kept together with the help of dental crowns. Although replacement teeth can be made from different materials such as gold and silver amalgam, they are commonly composed from porcelain, for aesthetic reasons. In order to put a traditional bridge in place, the dentist at Spadent will be securing crowns to the teeth on two sides of the gap, anchoring the pontics so that the space is filled. As a result, the smile gets fully restored in terms of appearance and function. On the first sitting, , the dentist at Spadent will prepare teeth on either side of the gap. Then an impression of your implants and the space will be created, which shall then be sent to a laboratory for bridge preparation. While you wait for the permanent bridge, the dentist will put a temporary bridge. The permanent fixture is then fit, adjusted and cemented to dental implants once it is ready. The other method is for bridges to get attached to dental implants. These are posts surgically put into the jaw. Bones will be able to keep the implants in place. Candidates for dental implants need to be in a good health condition and also have adequate bone strength to support the implant.

Materials used for a bridge

Bridges are prepared using ceramics, metals or a combination of both of them. Speak to your dentist at Spadent to know which material suits you the most.

How to care for your bridges

If the jawbone or supporting teeth get affected by dental diseases, it will have a severe effect on bridges. Care for them in the following manner:

Remember to clean between the teeth and below the bridge

Brush twice a day and use floss for cleaning teeth

Consume a healthy diet

Visit Spadent for dental exams once in 6 months at least

Always consume scientifically safe foods