The dental crown is a cap placed over a tooth. The purpose of the crown is to restore the shape, size and strength of the tooth besides improving its appearance. The visible portion of a tooth above the gum line will be fully encased by the crown once they are cemented properly.
The dental crowns are provided under the following circumstances:
Dental crowns are made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, resin etc. Details are given below:
You might face the following problems when you are fitted with a dental crowns:
Dental bridges are basically false teeth; these are anchored onto neighboring teeth so as to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth is called a pontic and this is fused in between two crowns serving as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, thereby bridging them together.
You must replace the missing Teeth for the following reasons:
Partial denture is a plate wherein false teeth are attached. This could either be made out of plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. In both these types clips are provided to fasten the denture in the mouth. Depending on the location these clips might or might not be visible at the time of your smiling or opening your mouth.
The main alternative to a partial denture is a fixed bridge. In this crowns are provided for the teeth remaining on either side of the missing teeth space and these crowns are joined together by providing a false tooth in the space. Once fitted the bridge cannot be removed.
Alternately you can opt for adhesive bridge (Maryland bridge). In this wings are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth and this procedure involves very little drilling.
The following items constitute a dental bridge:
There are three main types of dental bridges and these are as follows:
The best alternative to a dental bridge are dental implants.