A crown is an indirect type of dental restoration that completely encircles or caps a tooth. The tooth is modified and prepared with special instruments. The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. Your Coquitlam tooth repair expert at Sunrise Dental Clinic can then insert the crown at a subsequent dental appointment. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or a combination of the two. It is the patient who chooses the material.
Restorative dentistry, which refers to the restoration of damaged, decayed, or lost natural teeth, revolves around crowns and bridges. Once your Coquitlam dentist has examined your teeth and evaluated your dental and medical history, he or she will be ready to provide a diagnosis and suggest treatment options. A crown may be constructed to restore an individual damaged tooth to its original form and function, while a bridge may be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as fixed prostheses, as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or prosthesis.
A bridge is a fixed partial prosthesis that spans the empty space left by a missing tooth. The procedure involves a local anesthetic and the preparation of two or more abutment (neighboring) teeth. Once this has been accomplished, an impression is made and sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication of your new tooth. There are different types of bridges, which are classified by how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth.
A conventional bridge is fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. The extent of the reduction is determined by the chosen restorative material and the location and position of the anchor teeth to accommodate the material to be used. The materials used for bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, and occasionally, porcelain alone.
Bridges are recommended when one or more missing teeth are affecting
When rates of gum disease and tooth decay increase as a result of food accumulated in the gap, a bridge is in order.
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