A crown is a cap that covers over and protects the whole tooth, restoring the tooth to the original shape, while sealing the tooth and protecting it from further damage.
Reasons for making a crown:
- When a tooth is badly broken down, a normal filling may not be strong enough for chewing
- Root canal treatment was done previously
- To improve the appearance or alignment of the tooth
- Cracked tooth
CAD CAM Crown
CAD CAM (Computer-aided design and manufacturing) crowns use the latest CAD CAM technology to scan the tooth and mill the crown on the same day. So you can get an accurately made crown within a few hours. You do not need to wear a temporary crown or to return for another appointment for fitting.
A bridge is a dental restoration for replacing missing teeth using two or more crowns joined together on the adjacent teeth. The teeth at the side of the missing area are trimmed and the bridge is cemented permanently to replace the missing teeth. Compared to other methods of replacing missing teeth, the bridge is significantly more comfortable than a denture and is cheaper than a dental implant.
- Full ceramic (Tooth coloured)
- Full metal
- Combination of metal and porcelain ( PFM – Porcelain fused with metal)
It is important to keep the gums around the crown or bridge healthy, so proper brushing and flossing is essential. Do be careful of using the crown or bridge to bite on extremely hard items like bones or crabs otherwise there is a risk of chipping the porcelain portion. Do also go for your regular check-ups every 6 months for the dentist to check the crown or bridge.