Dental crowns (caps) are fixed prosthetic devices that are used to fully cover damaged or badly decayed teeth. They are made to match the color, height, texture, and overall appearance of your natural teeth and are barely noticeable once they are properly in place.
Crowns are ideal for:
Various types of crowns are available:
Dr. Sriprakash will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each type so that you can make an informed decision.
By maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, the durability and life of your crowns can be prolonged. Most crowns will last for decades, eliminating the need to replace them unless they fall out or become loose.
However, unlike removable devices such as dentures which can be taken out and cleaned, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.
Dental bridges help bridge the gap created by missing teeth. The bridge structure is a customized device that comprises of at least two or more crowns with one or more false teeth in between. The crowns are meant for the teeth on either side of the gap while the false tooth/teeth (called a pontic) fill in the gap(s). Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth as well as implants.
Bridges have several benefits as they can:
Like crowns, bridges can be made of various materials, including porcelain and metals, and are fully customizable - they can be made to match the color, height, texture, and overall appearance of your natural teeth. Most bridges will last for decades, eliminating the need to replace them unless they fall out or become loose. You may prolong the durability of your bridges by maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Although not as permanent as a cap, bridges are bonded to the surrounding teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.