Crowns and bridges are two of the most prominently used dental restorations. Crowns are widely used to restore damaged, chipped, misshapen, weak, or worn out teeth. They are made from dental-grade porcelain, as it can be customized to a great extent and offers excellent durability. Bridges are fabricated from the same material and are used to replace missing teeth. They do not require surgery to be placed in position and are held by crowns on either side.
How are crowns and bridges placed?
Crowns and bridges are custom-fabricated restorations. When you visit us for the initial consultation, a thorough diagnosis will be conducted to determine whether or not bridges would be the apt solution. Depending on your candidacy, the dentist will prepare you for the digital mold. The dentist removes a thin layer of enamel to accommodate the restoration, after which we use a digital scanning device to create a highly-detailed impression.
The impression will be shared with a dental laboratory where the crown or bridge will be fabricated. This usually takes a few days, after which we will inform you and schedule a second appointment to bond the restoration. The teeth will be cleaned thoroughly, and an etching solution will be applied to them to roughen their surface. This helps the restoration adhere firmly to the teeth. We use photosensitive dental adhesives for the bonding process, which will be hardened using a curing light. A bite test will be taken, and the restoration will be polished to make it look natural.