Crown and Bridge /Fixed Partial Dentures
Fixed partial dentures are a dental restoration treatment which replaces missing teeth. Fixed artificial teeth are used to fill the gaps made by missing teeth. They can be either crowns or bridges and sometimes both. A crown is a single unit of a fixed artificial tooth, whereas a bridge is composed of two or more units and can replace more than one missing tooth. These are dental prostheses which are attached to the adjacent teeth, the roots, or dental implant abutments. Crowns can be used to improve tooth appearance, shape or alignment. Crowns are recommended to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
Attach a bridge.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth.
- Cover a tooth that has had RCT.
Bridges are recommended if one or more teeth are missing. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining natural teeth to rotate or shift towards the nearby empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite and other dental problems. This imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum diseases and Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ disorder.
Kamal Dental Clinic is a multispeciality dental clinic which offers various types of crowns and bridges. We provide our patients with personal care and a comprehensive treatment plan to fix their smile. Call us today to fix your missing tooth. Make an appointment and we’ll be happy to assist your dental needs.
What Type Of Crowns Or Bridge Should I Choose?
Crowns can be made of various materials. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are the preferred choices when the appearance of the artificial tooth needs to be matched with that of your natural teeth. Other popular material choices for a crown include gold and metal alloys, as well as acrylic.
How to take Care of Crown and Bridge?
While crowns and bridges last a lifetime, they do some care to ensure the longevity of your crown. Practising good oral hygiene is the most important step, followed by brushing and flossing two to three times a day around your crown. Sticky foods such as toffee and lollies must be avoided and also stop chewing pens, crunching ice, gnawing fingernails, etc. Lastly, make sure to see your dentist or hygienist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups.
How Long Will A Bridge Or Crown Last?
Life of your crown and bridge mostly depends on how you take care of it. The effectiveness and regularity of your dental hygiene ensure its longevity. To say at least, they last between 7-15 years but with outstanding oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, they can last more years.