Crowns and bridges

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are both fixed prosthodontic devices, which can be cemented onto the existing tooth or implants to replace any missing teeth.

When do I need crowns?

A crown or cap covers the damaged tooth from all sides and surfaces. It also helps in restoring function of that tooth, improves appearance, shape or alignment of the tooth. Your dentist will place the crown for the following purposes:

  • Replacing large filling
  • Root canal treated tooth
  • Restoring a fractured tooth
  • Restoring a severely decayed tooth
  • Cover an implant

When do I need bridge?

Bridges are made when you have one or more teeth missing. The bridge is cemented to the adjacent teeth to the gap of missing teeth or on adjacent implants with which the replacement teeth is attached.

What happens if I don’t get crowns and bridges?

Gaps left by missing teeth cause the adjacent teeth to tilt in that space, thus they rotate and cause a bad bite leading o an imbalance. This imbalance causes gum diseses, bone loss, temporomandibular joint disorders. The opposing tooth also supraerupts into the available space meaning over erupts and elongates and causes the roots to expose.

What are crowns and bridges made of?

The crowns and bridges are made of different types of materials:

  • Metallic crowns : stainless steel & Gold alloys
  • Metal free crowns: ceramic crowns (there are varieties in ceramics also based on the quality of the materials) They are preferred for front teeth.
  • Metal with porcelain crowns: these are preferred for back teeth as they have good strength and esthetic appearance as well.
    The ceramic and ceramic/porcelain fused to metal are tooth coloured crowns and the exact shade matching is available with these
  • Temporary crowns are made of acrylic which is white in colour.

How are crowns and bridges made?

Before making the crown or bridge, your dentist needs to prepare the teeth or tooth for which it needs to be reduced in size all over to be able to recieve the crown or bridge.
After this your dentist takes the impression or measurement of your teeth/ tooth from which an exact mould can be made of your teeth/tooth.
The dentist also sends the exact shade which he/she has determined using a shade guide and also specifies the material.

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How long does the crown or bridge last?

While the crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they sometimes become loose or fall out, which can be recemted if you see your dentist within one or two days.
Also if the supported teeth are affected by the dental diseases like caries or periodontal problems causing loose gums and bone underlying gums. Thus it is important to brush twice daily and floss daily to maintain a good oral hygiene. Also professional cleaning will be required frequently.
To prevent damage to your crowns avoid chewing hard food items, ice or other hard objects like chewing on pens and pencils. Such habits are deleterious.

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Warranty Disclaimer (For the companies which provide warranty)

The Warranty will be Reduced or Invalidated if:

  • Dentist's instructions are not followed.
  • Naturally reducing gum tissue or bone.
  • Medical conditions which may have unfavourable effects on the jaw (e.g. chemotherapy, etc.).
  • Damage caused by sports or accidents.
  • Payment obligations are not fulfilled.

Extent of the Warranty:

If there is a failure of any prosthesis or implant during the warranty, we will replace it at no additional cost to you, apart from any other procedure that may be deemed necessary at that point of time for the future success of that treatment, which will be charged as actual. Kindly note, that we do not refund the cost of any dental work or surgical procedure. This warranty does not include any travelling and accommodation costs.