Dental Crowns and Bridges

What is Crown?

Dental crowns are sometimes called dental caps. Crowns fits over and encases the entire tooth above the gum line. Normally used to restore damaged teeth,  change the shape and size of your teeth or strengthend a weakend tooth.

What is Bridge?

Dental bridges consists of multiple units of crowns joined together to replace missing gaps between adjacent supporting teeth.

Your prosthodontists evaluates the color and shape of your tooth crowns and bridges based on your needs. 

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Types of Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are typically made of metal alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal alloys (PFM) or all ceramics. The material selected differs in strength, after care maintenance and aesthetics:

1. Metallic crowns : stainless steel metal alloy or all gold crowns provides good strength. All gold crowns is adaptive but can be expensive and wiil be visible.

2. PFM crowns: Porcelain-fused-to-metal alloys are made in the dental laboratory with ceramic glass material on outer with varying metallic alloys on the inner sub-structure. PFM crowns is tooth-colored for natural-looking aesthetics and has inner
high strength.

3. All ceramic crowns : Like PFM crowns, all ceramic crowns are made in dental labs but do not contain any metals. This allows high asethetics whereby crowns mimics natural teeth. With advancements in today’s materials, zirconia ceramics crowns provides for good strength on both anterior and posterrior teeth.

4. Composite crowns: Temporary crowns rae normally made from composite resins that is completed at chairside during one visit. Composite crowns provides for quick restorations. It is however not as strong in comparison to ceramic crowns and may chip. The color shades of composites may also change over the long run and will need replacement.

Prosthodontists 

How does prosthodontists differ from general dentists?

Prosthodontists and restorative are dentists hat specialize on dental crown, bridge and denture restorations. They undergo additional qualifications on replacing teeth and restoring your oral health and function throughout your entire mouth.  Dental crowns and bridges typcially requires 2-3 visits with your prosthodntist. It takes around 5  to 14 days for treatment completion varying with number of crowns or bridge required.

Our dental clinic in chiang mai comprises of well experienced team of prosthodontists with over 10 years experience. Many of whom treats hundreds of dental crowns cases. CIDC has its own dedicated dental laborotories for its ceramic works. This allows:

  • faster teeth delivery and treatment timings
  • better communication between dentist, lab technician and you on requirements
  • you are able to select the shade and have any required adjustments made more quickly
  • more asethetic quality teeth works can be delivered
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Crowns and Bridges Treatment Process

  1. Step 1: Consult your dentist. x-rays and photos are normaly taken during checkup and consultation to analyze your smile and set up individualized treatment plan.
  2. Step 2: Crowns planning.  After treatment planning, your dentist may recommend having a wax up to  be done especially if there are multiple crowns or full mouth crowns opted. The study model provides a visual expected post treatment results to you to confirm actual crowns treatment.
  3. Step 3 Dentists prepare the teeth surface. Your dentist prepares your actual teeth surfaces for the actual crowns and takes a teeth impression. The impression is sent the dental laboratory. Whilst waiting for the dental crowns, your dentist places temporary composite crowns. 
  4. Step 4 Fitting of crowns. After the delivery of dental crowns, your dentist checks this with before permanently adhering the crowns over teeth surfaces. Post care instructions are given to properly maintain and care for your new crowns.
  5. Step 5 Re-check and adjustments.  Re-check and adjustment is recommended to ensure that your new crown works and feels comfortable. 
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Care of Dental Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are cared for the same as you would care for your natural teeth. Brush and floss normally daily. Avoid biting on hard and sticky foods. Visit your dentist for a professional checkup every 6 months.