Dental Crown (commonly referred to as a Cap ) is a full surface covering for a tooth made of porcelain.
It is one of the most widely used treatment modalities in Modern Dentistry and has a big role to play in almost all treatment plans.
Advantages of Dental Crowns:-
- To give support to teeth that have been endodontically treated (either RCT or pulpotomy).
- In teeth that are broken, grossly decayed or having multiple cavities
- Teeth having heavy fillings (mostly amalgam) or teeth from which a large filling has come out.
- As part of cosmetic Dentistry to cover a discoloured, worn out or partially fractured tooth.
- As a part of preventive Dentistry to prevent a tooth from further cracking or fracturing.
Depending on the design or the material, a crown can last for a life time or for a few years.
Dental Bridges are like a continuation of the concept of crown or like multiple crowns joined together in a row. A bridge is a structure designed to span the gap left by missing (or extracted) teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bridges:
- To replace single or multiple teeth (lost either due to decay or extraction)
- In cases where multiple adjoining teeth are grossly decayed
- Cases where adjoining teeth are either endodonticaly treated (RCT or pulpotomy) or having large old restorations
- As a part of cosmetic dentistry to give an esthetic look (smile) by invoving the front teeth that are either worn out or having marginal alignment problems.