Crowns & Bridges

The outer covering of the tooth, called the enamel, is susceptible to damage and decay. When this happens, crowning might be the best treatment option if filling fails. Crowning is the process of covering the enamel of the tooth with a metal or ceramic crown that restores the function and shape of the tooth.

What Are Crowns Made Up Of?

At Vivid Dental Surgeons, we design a metal core crown with a porcelain overlay. This acts best when permanent crowning is needed. We also offer other material options such as composite resin, all-ceramic, stainless steel, and even gold. Each material has its pros and cons, and it is important to discuss with your dentist before you choose which one you’d want. For example, gold crowns are corrosion-resistant, especially is the gold content is high.

Why Choose Crowning?

Crowns help to cover broken, decayed or cracked enamel. This effectively protects the tooth underneath from becoming loose or getting damaged further. Crowns are also used in dental implant procedures and in cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of teeth.

What Are the Different Types of Crowns?

1. Metallic crowns:

These are the most popular options and built up of metal alloys. Metal crowns are preferred because not only do they last longer, but they are also aesthetic. However, some people might not prefer the shiny look of metal.

2. White crowns:

These crowns are built up of ceramic or porcelain material and are probably the most cosmetic option you can get. They are also impressively durable and resistant to corrosion.

3. Combination crowns:

The combination of both metal and white crowns is highly popular. These crowns are made up of a metal substructure with a ceramic or porcelain overlay.

What are Bridges?

Bridges have a slightly different function than crowns. Instead of offering protection to the enamel, bridges help in tooth replacement.

Structure-wise, bridges are made up of two crowns at opposite ends joined by false teeth known as Pontics – thus the name ‘bridge’.

What Are Bridges Made Up Of?

Just like crowns, bridges are made up of metal alloys, ceramic or porcelain. Choosing which type would suit you is important, and your dentist will be able to recommend the best option tailored for you.

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Pros of Bridges :

Bridges serve multiple functions, including:

● Replacing missing or broken teeth
● Improving your smile
● Restoring the function of your teeth
● Preventing teeth from getting displaced.