Over time, teeth can be damaged, cracked or weakened by decay. Dentists use a crown to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and besides strengthening an impaired tooth, these can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.
Dental crowns can be fashioned from stainless steel, ceramic, acrylic, gold and metal alloys. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by your dentist.
Our team of dental experts may recommend a crown to:
• Protect a weak tooth from breaking, or hold together segments of a cracked tooth
• Restore an already damaged tooth
• Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
• Hold a dental bridge in place
• Cover a dental implant
• Cover a badly shaped or severely discoloured tooth
Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
How long does a dental crown last?
With good oral hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime. A crown may come loose or fall out if the underlying tooth is damaged by gum disease or tooth decay. While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, it is important to keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily. Also, remember that regular checkups and professional cleanings are just as necessary to make sure you maintain your optimum oral health.
Crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and besides strengthening an impaired tooth, these can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.
Dental bridges, also known as fixed removable dentures, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A typical bridge is made up of two crowns (one on either side of the gap) and a false tooth/teeth in between. Bridges are attached to surrounding natural teeth or dental implants for support. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. Pontics can be made from porcelain, alloys, gold or a combination on materials.
If you have lost a tooth/teeth, bridges can restore your smile, your ability to properly speak and chew and maintain your facial structure. Bridges can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
How long do dental bridges last?
Depending on which type of bridge your dentist suggests, its success depends on the foundation. This is why it’s vital to keep your remaining teeth strong and healthy. On the average, dental bridges can last five to seven years. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning, a fixed bridge can even last for over a decade.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that are removable from your mouth. They are custom-made from impressions taken of your mouth and come in two different types:
Full or Conventional Denture: is the full top or bottom set of your teeth which is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed.
Partial Denture: is a removable teeth-replacement that rests on a framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your teeth to serve as anchors for this denture.