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CROWN & BRIDGES

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DENTAL CROWNS

Over time, teeth can be damaged, cracked or weakened by decay. Dentists use a crown to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Crowns are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and besides strengthening an impaired tooth, these can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.

Dental crowns can be fashioned from metal, metal alloys, ceramic, Porcelien Fused Metal (PFM), Zirconia, Emax CAD, Bruxzir e.t.c. . Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by your dentist.

  • Our dental experts may recommend a crown to:
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking, or hold together segments of a cracked tooth

    Restore an already damaged tooth

    Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining

    Hold a dental bridge in place

    Cover a dental implant

    Cover a badly shaped or severely discoloured tooth

    Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

How long does a dental crown last?
With good oral hygiene, crowns can last a lifetime. A crown may come loose or fall out if the underlying tooth is damaged by gum disease or tooth decay. While a crowned tooth does not require any special care, it is important to keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day and flossing daily.

Also, remember that regular checkups and professional cleanings are just as necessary to make sure you maintain your optimum oral health.
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DENTAL BRIDGES (FPD)

Dental bridges, also known as fixed partial dentures (FPD), literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A typical bridge is made up of two crowns (one on either side of the gap) and a false tooth/teeth in between. Bridges are attached to surrounding natural teeth or dental implants for support. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and the false teeth are called pontics. Pontics can be made from porcelain, alloys, gold or a combination on materials.

If you have lost a tooth/tooth, bridges can restore your smile, your ability to properly speak and chew and maintain your facial structure. Bridges can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.