A dental crown or cap is a custom made restoration that covers a tooth with sustained significant loss of structure. They are analogical to being a thimble capped over your finger. Dental crowns are used to restore teeth to a certain shape and size providing strength & improving the appearance of the tooth. Mostly all the teeth which undergo a root canal treatment need to be crowned to restore their function and strength.
A dental bridge is one method to fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). Dental bridge or pontic is a custom-made false tooth or teeth, that is permanently placed between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of space to be filled.
Types of Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental crowns (CAD CAM)
PFM dental crowns offer the best combination of aesthetics and durability. PFM dental crownsare usually used to restore back teeth where the forces of chewing and grinding are strongest. They are preferably not used in the restoration of anterior teeth as all porcelain crowns offer better aesthetic in the front segment, unless and until a specific case demands.
All porcelain dental crowns(Zirconia) (CAD CAM)
|All porcelain crowns (Lava™ All-Ceramic System from 3M ESPE, Precise CAD CAM) uses innovative digital technology and superior materials to help you get high quality restorations. Using the speed and precision of CAD/CAM technology, it creates all-ceramic crown and bridge substructures with zirconia, an extremely strong, stable and fracture-resistant ceramic material. Preparations require removal of less tooth structure, and cementation accommodates even conventional techniques. Colorable|
|frameworks that are thin and translucent ensure a natural and vital appearance. These crowns are normally accompanied by 10-15 years of Warranty on breakage.|
|The all-ceramic porcelain crowns used at SMIILE PLEASE DENTAL CLINIC include the Lava™ All-Ceramic System from 3M ESPE, Precise crowns from Precision Dental Studio and IPS Empress II Esthetics crowns from IvoclarVivadent. The result is efficient production of restorations with excellent esthetics, enduring strength and precise fit, Giving you one of the most durable and esthetic all-ceramic restorations available today.|
Precious metal dental crowns (Gold +ceramic)
Precious metal dental crowns are the most durable and offer the most precise fit. They can be used in situations where the patient is allergic to the metal used in PFM crowns(NiCr), or if zirconia crowns are not indicated. Expensive but offers the most strongest and durable crowns.