Dental Crown and Bridge Treatment
What is a crown?
Sometimes the surface of a tooth gets severely damaged and to get it fixed a dentist would use filling or other dental technique. But the root structure beneath the gums is firm, and in this case, a crown or “cap” is cemented on the old tooth. The crown will thoroughly cover the existing tooth and will be sized and shaped just like the original tooth.
Our dentist at Eatontown may recommend a Dental crown treatment to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that had root canal treatment
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
Crowns are made of different materials and based on the patient’s condition, your dentist will determine which material is best.
- All Porcelain or All-Ceramic Crowns
The crowns offer the advantage of natural appearance, and for this purpose, are often used for front teeth. Porcelain crowns are created to match your teeth, making them almost indistinguishable perfectly. It is usually a challenging task for the dentist to get a fit as tight as with a gold crown but, their beautiful, life-like appearance continues to make them a popular choice.
- Porcelain-over-Metal Crowns
This popular crown type provides an excellent combination of aesthetics and durability. The porcelain is matched to your teeth and fused to a metal base. With a metal centre, these type of crowns can never resemble the translucency of a natural tooth, or a porcelain crown, and may develop thin darker line where the crown meets the gum. Porcelain-Over-Metal crowns yet look very natural and are exceptionally strong and highly durable.
- Gold Crowns
Gold is an excellent material for dental crowns because the material is extraordinarily workable and gives an outstanding fit between the crown and the existing tooth. Gold needs the least preparation of the existing tooth, keeping more of the original tooth structure than is possible with other methods.
There is no chance of gold crowns chipping, and since they are not as hard as porcelain crowns, they do not cause wear on other teeth. The downside of the gold crowns may be its distinctive appearance. When these crowns are used in the back of the mouth, there may be no issue with the appearance. But, it is visible when you smile, making a noticeable contrast with natural teeth.
How long do crowns last?
Crowns are considered permanent dental restorations. With proper oral hygiene, a dental crown will probably last from ten to fifteen years or may be much longer.
What are Dental Bridges?
A Dental bridge treatment may be recommended if you have one or more teeth missing. Dental bridges are ceramic structures, spanning the gaps left by a missing or implanted teeth/tooth.
Dental Bridges are used to restore one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge span space where the tooth is missing. Dental bridges are cemented over the natural teeth or implants surrounding the space. These teeth are called as abutments that serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth is called a pontic which is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As in the case of crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges too. Your dentist helps you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth/teeth, its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost. Mostly porcelain or ceramic bridges are used as they can be easily matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
Get in touch with our best dentists in Neptune city, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Long Branch and Oceanport to discuss more about Dental Crowns and Bridges. Book an appointment for a thorough evaluation today.