Crowns & Bridges - Crowns and Bridges: Enhancing Your Smile at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, we offer top-notch dental solutions to address weakened, damaged, chipped, or discolored teeth. Our crowns and bridges are crafted with precision and care to restore your dental health and improve your smile. Whether you require a crown to protect a root canal-treated tooth or a bridge to replace a missing tooth, our skilled team is here to guide you through the process and provide you with the best possible results.

What is a Crown?

A crown, also known as a cap, is a protective covering for an existing tooth. It encompasses the entire tooth, safeguarding the inner structure from potential damage and preserving its functionality.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge consists of three or more joined crowns. In its simplest form, a bridge is used to fill a missing space between teeth. Two teeth on either side of the gap serve as support for the missing tooth, creating a three-unit bridge.

When do I need a Crown?

A crown is usually recommended when a tooth has significant missing or damaged structure. It may also be necessary after root canal treatment. Our experienced team at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre will evaluate your dental needs, perform a thorough clinical examination, and use relevant X-rays to determine if a crown is the best option for you.

When do I need a Bridge?

While implant dentistry has reduced the need for bridges, there are still instances where a classical bridge is the preferred solution to replace a missing tooth. A bridge is recommended under the following conditions:

The teeth on either side of the missing space have large cavities, underwent root canal treatment, or have other defects that require them to be protected by a crown.The available bone for an implant is of poor quality and/or quantity, and bone grafting is not a feasible option.

Why can’t I just get a Filling instead of a Crown?

Fillings are an excellent option for small cavities and gaps. However, for larger areas, fillings may not provide long-term success. They may lead to gaps between teeth or become prone to fractures, especially when the supporting tooth structure is compromised. In such cases, a crown is a more durable solution.

What is the Procedure to Make a Crown?

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, our skilled team determines the need for a crown or bridge during your consultation. Following this, we schedule a 30-45 minute appointment to prepare the tooth and take measurements for the crown or bridge. During this time, we place a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the laboratory crafts your new restoration.

Will the Color of the Crown Match my Existing Teeth?

Yes, absolutely. Our meticulous team of dentists and laboratory technicians at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre will work together to achieve a perfect color match with your existing teeth. You’ll find it difficult to differentiate between our crowns and your natural teeth.

How is the Crown or Bridge Fixed to the Tooth?

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, we utilize the latest bonding technology to ensure a secure and long-lasting fit of the crown or bridge. In rare instances where a crown may become loose, we can easily recement it during a short procedure. Rest assured that such occurrences are uncommon, but should it happen, please save the crown or bridge and visit us promptly for recementation.

What Special Instructions should I Follow after the Crown is Cemented?

Depending on the type of cement used, your dentist at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre may advise you to wait for about 30 minutes before eating or drinking. However, some cements do not have this restriction, allowing you to use the crown or bridge right away.

How Long will my Crown or Bridge Last?

Crowns and bridges have no specific expiration date. With proper maintenance, many of our patients have had these restorations for several years. Replacements may be needed due to cavities under the crown or bridge, damage caused by trauma or biting into hard substances, or gum disease necessitating removal of the supporting tooth/teeth. We recommend a checkup every 6 months to ensure the restoration’s good condition, as minor issues can be easily fixed with prompt attention.

What are the Different Types of Materials used in a Crown?

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, we offer multiple options for crowns and bridges, each with its unique advantages:

  • Metal: Traditional silver-colored crowns or gold crowns are robust options, especially for back teeth.
  • Metal-Ceramic: A commonly used option where ceramic is baked over the metal to achieve a natural appearance. These are suitable for back teeth due to their strength.
  • Zirconia: Fast-rising in popularity, zirconia crowns are white in color, providing excellent esthetics. Recommended for front teeth and situations requiring high strength.
  • Emax: Emax crowns are highly esthetic and are often used for front teeth to achieve a perfect match with natural teeth.
How do I Know which Material is Best for my Crown or Bridge?

Don’t worry; our team at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre will thoroughly discuss the options with you and recommend the best material based on your specific case. Each treatment plan is personalized to ensure the ideal outcome for your dental needs.

How do I Care for and Maintain my New Crown or Bridge?

Caring for your crown is similar to caring for a natural tooth – regular brushing and flossing are essential. For bridges, we may recommend a waterpik or bridge floss to clean under the bridge area. Our dentists will guide you on the best practices to keep your beautiful restoration clean and healthy. Regular checkups every 6 months will ensure the longevity of your investment.

At Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, we are committed to providing you with exceptional dental care, including top-quality crowns and bridges. Contact us to explore your options and achieve a confident smile that lasts for years to come.

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