A dental crown or a cap is a dental device which is placed to give some support to the existing tooth or teeth. It can also be used as a placement atop a dental implant to function as the new tooth or teeth. Also, it can be made use of in cases where teeth whitening is required to be done when the tooth or teeth are badly stained or yellowed. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is usually required to cover up the gaps which are created when a tooth or teeth go missing in the mouth.
How do the dental crowns work?
Dental crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic, and these are matched with the color of the existing tooth or teeth. Also, dental crowns can be fashioned out of gold and metal alloys and even from acrylic. The alloys-based dental crowns are very strong and are ideal for back teeth from where we do most of our chewing activity.
When can all the dental crowns be used?
Like mentioned before, the dental crowns can be made use of in the following situations:
- To replace a large filling where not much of the tooth is remaining in the mouth area
- To protect a tooth which is very weak so that it does not just snap or break
- To restore a tooth which is chipped or broken
- For the purpose of attaching a bridge
- Forgiving a cover to a dental implant
- Forgiving cover to a tooth or teeth which are discolored, or are not of proper shape or size
- Also as a cover for a tooth or teeth on which endodontic treatment or root canal therapy has been performed.
How do dental bridges function?
Like touched upon before, a dental bridge is made use of if there are missing tooth or teeth. If there is a gap between teeth, there are chances of the adjacent tooth or teeth shifting from their position and getting misaligned. The imbalance which is caused due to this malady may result in gum disease and also in temporomandibular joint or TMJ disorders.
Dental bridges can be placed on tooth or teeth which are natural and even on dental implants to cover up the missing spaces. At times, the patient does not get the entire set of new teeth or dental implants. They only get a few of them replaced. At such times, the dental bridges will be placed on the dental implants themselves as well.
However, before a dental bridge is made, a tooth or teeth need to be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit on top of it with a perfect fit. After doing the tooth or teeth reduction, the dentist takes or makes an impression of the existing structure to ensure that the dental bridge or crown which will be placed atop it, fits perfectly and properly.
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