Dental Crowns, or dental caps, are used to restore broken or cracked teeth. Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices for example dentures, that can easily be taken out and cleaned every day, crowns and bridges are cemented into position, and may only be removed your dentist.
A crown completely covers or “caps” a damaged tooth. This will assist in strengthening a damaged tooth and improve its appearance, shape or alignment. Crowns may also be placed on implants. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are matched to the colour of your own teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to metal is often used because it is both strong and aesthetically pleasing.
Dental Crowns may be recommend by your dentist for the following reasons:
• Strengthening a weak tooth to prevent it from fracturing. • Covering a dental implant. • Restoring a fractured tooth. • Covering a tooth that has had a root canal treatment. • Covering a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth. • When there isn’t enough of the tooth structure remaining to do a filling. • To attach a bridge.
Dental Crowns Bellville – Can bridges be made like Metal Free Crowns?
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Traditionally bridges were offered only in either metal or metal in overlaid ceramic (porcelain fused to metal) materials. With modern technology we can now also offer the latest metal free (all ceramic) bridges.
How do Bridges Work?
A bridge may be recommended if you are missing a few teeth. The bridge fills the space where the teeth are missing and is cemented to the natural teeth next to the empty space. These teeth serve as the anchors for the bridge. Your dentist will decide which material to use, based on which tooth is missing, as well as its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.
Dental Crowns Bellville – Metal Free Crowns – Create a more natural look
Traditional Porcelain Fused to Metal crowns have a metal base coated with ceramic and provided good strength, durability and fit. A drawback of these crowns however could be a black metal line seen along the border of the crown. More importantly, it is difficult to achieve the translucency of your natural teeth with a restoration that has a metal framework. Light does not pass through the metal base like it does through your own natural teeth, leaving a dull lifeless appearance.
With metal free ceramic crowns, the metallic look and the black lines disappear. They are not only highly aesthetic but also offer high strength restorations to dentistry.
Contact us at Westhof Dental Surgery on 021 913 8401 to book an appointment or discuss any questions you may have about dental crowns.
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