Crown and Bridge

Crown vs Bridge 

How do Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive. 

Your dentist may recommend a crown 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 discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

How do Bridges Work?

A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite and appearance. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. 

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

1. Patient X is 21 years of age. Has extracted front teeth due to caries and has missing teeth for 3 years. The patient wanted teeth which are not removable . Implants were suggested but patient wanted treatment which was affordable hence replacement of teeth was done using PFM ( PORCELAIN FUSED METAL CROWNS )
After completion of restoration (Patient X)
2. Patient Y is 53yr old and had missing front teeth and was wearing dentures for 15 years and wanted teeth which cant be removed.
Patient Y with missing front incisors. Patient Y wanted a bridge done for the reasons: 1. Aesthetic 2. Better function 3. Convenience - Maintaining dentures takes effort 4. Confidence - when interacting with people
Patient Y after her Bridge.
Single tooth crown done to replace large fillings
Few types of crowns ,ask the dentist for advise .
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Alan | Reply 22.02.2016 13.09

Thanks for the info.

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