Crown, bridge

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Bridging the gap with a dental bridge and preserving a demaged tooth with a crown

Crowns and bridges are the most frequently used dental restorations.

What is the advantage of placing a crown?

A crown covers the clinical crown of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. They help restore significantly damaged teeth that are still stable enough to support a crown. Crowns are also suitable for whitening and reshaping existing teeth. They are frequently used to cover dental implants.

Crowns are recommended in the following cases:

– advanced tooth damage caused by decay
– tooth damage that can no longer be solved with a filling, overlay or veneer
– the tooth is weakened because of a former large filling
– broken tooth
– major tooth wear
– following a root filling to protect the tooth
– to hold a bridge in place
– restoration on dental implants
– to correct the developmental disorder of a tooth
– closure of a gap between the two middle incisors if this cannot be solved with orthodontic treatment or veneer
– discolouration of the tooth that can no longer be improved with tooth whitening or a veneer
– discoloured fillings

What is the process of a crown placement?

1st appointment: With local anaesthesia, the dentist prepares (grinds) the tooth with an advanced technique, called shoulder polishing, in order to prevent any irritation of the gum under the future crown. He or she then takes an impression of the prepared tooth and sends it to the dental lab. At the end of the visit, you receive a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready.

2nd appointment: The temporary crown is removed and the permanent one is bonded in place with dental cement.

Crowns can be made of different materials: porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to gold, full porcelain and zirconium-oxide.

What is a bridge and when is it applied?

A bridge is a dental restoration that spans an area where a few teeth are missing (1 to 3, max. 4), and is connected to natural teeth or implants at both ends. It is especially suitable for substituting a molar in the back. It is a fix restoration, so only the dentist can remove it and only by causing irreversible damage to it.
They are usually made of a precious metal base and a porcelain cover. Zirconium is the only metal-free alternative that is appropriate for concealing larger gaps

What is the process of placing a bridge?

The two adjacent healthy teeth are used as abutments onto which the bridge is built, so the dentist first grinds them so that they are able to hold a crown. This preparation is performed with local anaesthesia. Then an imprint of the area in question is taken and sent to the dental lab. At the end of the first appointment, a temporary crown is placed on the 2 ground teeth.
The dental technician prepares the frame which you will try during the next visit. If it suits perfectly, the frame will be covered in the lab.
During the last visit, the temporary crowns are removed and the permanent bridge is bonded into place.

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