Crowns and Bridges
What is a Crown and Bridge?
A crown is a protective cover or cap placed over a badly decayed, root-canal treated or heavily broken-down tooth. A crown is also used as part of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
Having a crown for an affected tooth not only protects the tooth, it can also be used to close the gaps between teeth.
A bridge is a special kind of dental prosthesis to replace one or more missing teeth. The artificial teeth are supported by existing adjacent teeth known as abutments.
Dental crown comes in different materials:
- full metal
- full porcelain
- porcelain fused to metal
The dentist will recommend the choice of colour and shape for to suit your aesthetic needs.
1. What do I need to take note of when I have my crown?
- Avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent chipping and fracture of prostheses.
- Regular check-up (once every 6 months) is recommended.
2. How long can a crown last?
- It is possible for Crowns or Bridges to last a long time.
- It is possible for the crown to be damaged due to wear and tear. Your attending dentist will check them during your routine dental visits. X rays may be needed to check for possible decay between the crown and tooth interface over time.
- It is advisable to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and floss daily.