Besides the obvious cosmetic benefits of healthy, beautiful smiles, our teeth are the primary processing tools for the food we consume. Good dental health is thus central to our general well being. One of the most popular innovations in dentistry today is dental crowns and bridges. Melbourne dental clinic Niddrie Dental Clinic has recorded a steady stream of patients seeking dental crowns and bridges installation.
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Despite our best efforts, most of us have to deal with one or more cases of tooth decay. Adding to that, we may even have to nurse a fractured tooth or two – a result of trying to crack a hard nut or even opening beer bottles with our teeth. In a good number of cases, the damage is not too severe and can be corrected with a filling. But the filling may not be as strong as teeth itself and will gradually wear off. In extreme cases, the affected teeth have to be pulled out. Enter dental crowns and bridges.
Dental crown is an artificial crown made in the lab which is used to replace weakened or damaged natural crown of a tooth. A crown will entirely cover or “cap” the remaining tooth structure giving it strength, improve its function, shape and appearance. Crowns are tooth-shaped covers that are fitted over damaged or weak teeth, while bridges are tooth recreations of conjoined crowns that are anchored on the healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Though gold and silver amalgam crowns and bridges are quite popular, those made from porcelain are generally stronger.
Benefits of crowns and bridges
When fitted by a skilled general or cosmetic dentist, crowns and bridges will help restore your teeth’s form and function. They can also help:
- Cover root canal treated tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Maintain or restore your face’s natural shape,
- Improve strength in damaged teeth,
- Boost your confidence in your looks,
- Encourage you to smile more and lead a happier life,
- Protect tooth with large filling and weak structure
- Improve the strength, appearance, and positioning of your healthier teeth.
The crown and bridge installation procedure
A typical dental crown or bridge installation procedure starts off with a consultation where a dentist will examine your teeth to assess the level of the tooth’s damage. The examination will determine if the tooth is healthy enough to handle a crown. If not, it may need to be pulled out and have a prosthetic one and a bridge installed instead.
The dentist will likely have to shave off some enamel to bring the tooth to shape. They will then cast an impression from which a specialized lab will mold the crown. A temporary crown is fitted while the custom, permanent one is ordered. Once ready, the crown is fitted but will not be affixed permanently just yet. That will happen after a couple more visits to the dental surgery. The dentist will want to be sure if the tooth recreation is the right fit before permanently gluing it in place.
Once installed, you will need to care for your new artificial teeth as you do your other natural teeth. Use a good, dentist-approved toothpaste and toothbrush to clean your teeth every day. And avoid doing with your teeth what a more specialized tool, like a bottle opener, would easily do. All in all, remember maintaining a good, healthy tooth is an important part of your health care regimen.
Niddrie Dental Clinic is trusted for both emergency and regular dental care and surgery in Melbourne. The clinic’s dentists have expertise with dentures, Invisalign, and Fast braces among many other dental services. Contact us and schedule an appointment today.