What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is commonly called as “cap”. It is a dental restoration that fully covers the surface of a tooth in order to restore its size, shape, improve its appearance and/or to add strength.
The crowns over implants will be the outer shell of the titanium screw which will look, feel and act as a natural tooth.
The crown can be manufactured of many different materials such as noble metal, high noble metal, gold, zirconium, ceramic, etc. and then, will be covered (most of the times) with porcelain and/or ceramic to simulate the white color of our tooth.
A dental crown is necessary to:
- Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there is not a lot of teeth left.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cover severely discolored teeth.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Make a cosmetic modification (i.e. close a gap).
Process for a dental bridge
The process for a bridge is the same as the process for a dental crown since, as previously mentioned, bridges are made with crowns.
In the first visit the teeth that will work as “abutment teeth” (or anchors), will be reduced in size and shape. Then, the impressions are taken in order to use them as a model to build the bridge (abutment teeth/implants pontics). During the same appointment, you will leave the clinic with a temporary bridge in order to protect the prepared teeth (or implants) and the gums while the bridge is being made. Then, few days later, you will come back in order to remove the temporary bridge and cement/fit the permanent bridge.
As you can see, our primary concern at New Smile Dental Group in Costa Rica is to provide you with the highest value of dental services and our dentistry philosophy is to keep and restore your natural teeth without removing them, evidently, not sacrificing the quality of the procedure.
Our doctors will extract a tooth just when they have explored all the possible options to save it and there are no more choices.
Types of Dental Bridges
These are the most common bridges and require 2 or more teeth/implants (abutments) on either side of the gap where the pontic(s) will be seated.
These bridges are supported by one end only, meaning that there will only be anchoring teeth on one side of the gap left by the missing tooth/teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges
This is not a very common or recommended bridge. It consists of a false tooth (pontic crown) with two metal wings on the sides. These metal wings have a porous surface so that they can receive a bonding agent, and then the wings are bonded to the back sides of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.