Dental crowns are highly versatile restorations usually made from dental-grade ceramic. They are cap-like structures that are placed on the teeth to cover them entirely, thereby treating them for damage or other aesthetic concerns.
The screening procedure used to determine your candidacy for crowns would involve taking x-rays, scans, creating a digital impression of the teeth, etc. Also, we will check for existing restorations on the teeth and the presence of oral conditions that could affect them. The dentist would remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to make space for the crown. The data from the scans and x-rays will be used as a reference for making the crown in a dental laboratory. While the crown is being fabricated, which could take up to a week, the dentist would place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect its prepared surface.
During the next appointment, the temporary crown would be removed, and the tooth surface will be cleaned. Next, the surface will be etched using a suitable etching solution to provide the necessary grip to the restoration. We use photosensitive dental adhesives to bond the crown to the tooth, which will then be hardened using a suitable curing light. After a bite test, we will polish the crown to make it as aesthetically pleasing and indistinguishable as possible.
Dental bridges are one of the simplest means to replace an extracted tooth and require no more than two visits to the dentist’s office.
A bridge is a ceramic prosthetic tooth that is made from dental-grade material. It consists of a tooth-like structure that is supported on either side by a ceramic crown. The prosthetic tooth goes in place of the missing tooth, and the crowns on either side are bonded to the adjoining teeth. This allows the bridge to stay stable without slipping off its position when you bite or chew food.
Patients who wish to get a dental bridge should satisfy a few physical conditions to be qualified as candidates for bridges. Some of them are optimum oral health, healthy and strong adjoining teeth, adequate spacing available for the placement of the prosthetic tooth, etc. Based on these factors, the dentist draws out the treatment plan.
During the initial consultation, the dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly. The teeth adjoining the missing tooth will have to be prepared for the crowns. A thin layer of enamel will be removed by buffing or gently grinding it. A highly accurate digital mold of the teeth will be taken and shared with the dental laboratory for fabricating the bridge. It may take a week for the bridge to be ready.
During the next visit, the dentist places the bridge on the tooth and checks for fit. Any changes, if required, will be made before permanently bonding it in place. An etching solution will be applied to the teeth to roughen them. Dental adhesives will be applied on the teeth, and the bridge will be placed in position. A curing light would be used to harden the adhesive, after which the dentist conducts a bite test. If any changes have to be made, or if you feel any discomfort, the dentist handles them to make sure you have the perfect bite.
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