Crown and Bridge Treatments

Crown and bridge treatments

Crown and bridge treatments are the dentist’s way of minimising the need to give you a denture or a dental implant, and thus resulting in less tooth damage by the drill as possible.

When tooth decay penetrates deep into the tooth, simply getting a filling done is not enough, as the tooth becomes too weak, may fracture, and possible loss of tooth substance may occur. Eventually, the line of fracture may go so far into the gum that any chances of repairing the tooth may become very low. To prevent these problems, dentists place a crown on the decayed tooth and in doing so extend the tooth’s life.

Crowns

Crowns are made of a variety of different materials. The cost and durability varies likewise. The most common ones however, are those made of porcelain and those made of gold. Gold crowns are most often used on the back teeth primarily because they are golden in colour and look odd when one smiles with them in the front. They are however, really strong. Also, the element gold does not shrink upon casting, which means that it will fit very well.

Porcelain is also a great way to strengthen teeth and is becoming more and more popular. It has the advantage that it is tooth coloured, and that less tooth structure needs to be drilled away. Occasionally a metal structure will need to be under the porcelain but this is less common today as people prefer a metal-free smile.

Bridges

Bridges are used when one entire tooth or multiple teeth have been lost or removed. It works by filling the gap by attaching it to the teeth next to the empty space.

However, a disadvantage arises here. In order for a bridge to be attached to the adjacent teeth, those teeth need to be prepared just like a crown, so that it is able to accept the bridge. If those teeth already have large fillings, then it’s not a problem. But if those teeth have minimal or no filling done to them, then damaging those teeth is a risk. A possible option here is to use an implant instead as this does not require any damage to the neighbouring teeth and works out cheaper in the long run.

When you consult with your dentist regarding this, he will make your aware of all the benefits and shortcomings of each of the treatments. To know more about crown and bridge treatments, or to book an appointment, please visit http://www.epsomdentalcare.co.nz/