A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth, and is generally used as a protective cover for badly decayed or fractured teeth, r as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings. It can also be used to correct minor problems in natural teeth which as spacing, irregular shape or severe discolouration.
How are crowns made?
Initially the tooth will be assessed by your dentist, usually including with radiographs, to assess the suitability of a crown. The tooth will then need to be trimmed and a mould taken for a laboratory to create the crown. A temporary crown can be placed between appointments so you are not left without a tooth. There are multiple materials that a crown can be made out of including metal alloys and/or porcelain – all options will be discussed with you.
How long do they last?
The crown itself will not deteriorate overtime but the underlying tooth is still prone to decay and gums disease. The ceramic on the surface may chip or fracture. Your dentist will show you how to brush and floss your crown – the better it is looked after, the longer it will stay trouble free.
Bridges are created in a similar way to crowns, but are used to restore spaces in your smile. The bridge has multiple teeth, and bridges a space , attaching to a remaining tooth. A bridge can improve your appearance and bite, and may offer a fixed alternative to a removable appliance like a denture.
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