CROWN & BRIDGE PROCEDURES
(Crowns, Bridges, and Post & Cores)
EACH TOOTH AFFECTS OTHER TEETH:
Each tooth, like the member of a family, supports the others and helps them do their job.
Your teeth enable you to eat and speak comfortably. When one or more is injured or
missing, the health of others may be threatened. It may become hard for you to chew,
or the appearance of your smile may change. If you're having problems with one or more
of your teeth, your dentist can help you decide if a crown, implant, fixed bridge, or partial
denture can help restore your teeth to their normal function.
Not everyone is aware of problems with their teeth. Injured or missing teeth do not always
hurt at first. But if they're not restored or replaced quickly, it can progressively lead to bite
problems, T.M.J dysfunction,
on adjacent teeth, and gum disease. There are many
reasons for having restorative work, such as:
Endodontically treated teeth (teeth which have previously
received a root canal). If a tooth is not restored promptly,
with a post & core system, recurrent decay will form and
destroy what is left of the tooth. The radiograph to the right
illustrates a tooth that was not restored immediately following
root canal therapy. This tooth is now a candidate for extraction.
Fractured tooth (a cracked molar can cause pain upon chewing certain foods - caused by "wear & tear" or large
unsupported fillings). A fractured front tooth (shown below) can become an esthetic concern.
A missing tooth (can cause the position of other teeth to
gradually change. The space left by the missing tooth
may cause some teeth to tilt forward and rotate, or
opposing teeth to move down). Shifting and drifting teeth
could lead to changes in your chewing muscles, bones,
and joints, making chewing difficult. Teeth that have
moved out of their normal position can tip over and
become harder to clean. Missing teeth can diminish
the longevity of other teeth.
Advanced caries beyond restoration with conventional fillings (not enough tooth structure to support a filling).
Esthetics (to correct oddly shaped, or discolored teeth).
full reconstructions (correcting bite problems with
an esthetic consideration).
Implants (crowns and bridges supported by implants).
or teeth with large fractured or defective fillings (when a large filling
breaks or develops decay underneath, a new restoration should
replace it, before further damage results).
To identify the exact cause of your problem or to confirm your
Diagnosis, your doctor may perform some diagnostics, including:
X-Rays show views of your teeth and jaws. They help
determine the condition of your bones and teeth as
they relate to one another.
An electronic pulp test consists of a slight electrical impulse that is sent to the tooth to determine if the nerve inside is alive
Or dead, and if other dental work is required before restorative work begins.
Many different types of crowns and bridges are available, such as:
full gold (traditional yellow or white gold).
porcelain fused to high noble, semi-precious or non-precious alloy.
, composite resin or acrylic (temporary).
porcelain butt joint restorations are available. These types of restorations are esthetically superior because instead of a metal interface they have porcelain margins, which are much harder to visually detect.
The type of restoration a patient needs, depends on:
the occlusion (the bite and how teeth generally come together, and relate to each other).
the location of the tooth on which the restoration will be placed.
esthetic considerations (the patient's smile line and the
condition of adjacent teeth).
finance - the choice of materials can be influenced by the patient's budget.
There are other types of restorations available, such as: Cast or Prefabricated post & cores,
ceramic veneers, Inlays/onlays - gold, ceramics and composite resins (a type of filling).
GALLERY OF CROWN & BRIDGE
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CONSENT TO DENTAL TREATMENT INCLUDING RESTORATIONS
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