Dr. Deepali Patil

07666101825, 0712-3552950

Pramod Rajshree Plaza, Khamla, Nagpur

Open Hours

Mon - Fri: 10am - 2pm, 4am - 8pm, Sun - Closed

Crown and Bridges
Crown and Bridges

Dental Crown:

  • A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a tooth-shaped restoration that completely covers a damaged or weakened tooth, protecting it and restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance.
  • Crowns are commonly used to treat teeth with extensive decay, fractures, large fillings, or after root canal therapy to provide added support and protection.
  • They can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials (e.g., porcelain-fused-to-metal).

Dental Bridge:

  • A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between healthy teeth or dental implants.
  • Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) held in place by dental crowns on adjacent healthy teeth (abutment teeth) or dental implants.
  • Like crowns, bridges can be made from various materials, and the choice depends on factors such as location, esthetic preferences, and the biting forces in that area of the mouth.
Symptoms of Crown and Bridges
  1. Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures around the crowned tooth or bridge area.

  2. Discomfort or Pain: Persistent discomfort, pain, or soreness in the region of the dental crown or bridge.

  3. Swelling or Redness: Swelling, redness, or tenderness in the gums surrounding the dental crown or bridge.

  4. Loose Crown or Bridge: A dental crown or bridge that feels loose or moves when biting or chewing.

  5. Chipped or Fractured Crown or Bridge: Visible damage or chipping on the surface of the dental crown or bridge.

  6. Gum Irritation: Irritation or redness of the gums caused by an ill-fitting or poorly contoured dental crown or bridge.

  7. Gum Recession: Receding gums around the crowned tooth or bridge, exposing the margins of the restoration.

  8. Visible Discoloration: Noticeable discoloration or staining on the surface of the dental crown or bridge.

  9. Food Impaction: Difficulty in cleaning between the dental crown or bridge and the adjacent teeth, leading to food getting trapped.

  10. Foul Odor or Taste: Persistent bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth, possibly due to an issue with the dental crown or bridge.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges:
  • Strengthen damaged or weakened teeth.
  • Restore the function of damaged or missing teeth, allowing proper chewing and speech.
  • Improve the appearance of the teeth, enhancing the smile.
  • Prevent shifting of surrounding teeth and maintain proper dental alignment.
  • Promote better oral health by replacing missing teeth and facilitating easier cleaning.
Dental Crown Treatment:
  1. Initial Consultation: During the first visit, your dentist will examine the tooth that needs a crown and take X-rays to assess the extent of damage and check for any signs of infection or decay. They will discuss treatment options and the type of crown material suitable for your specific case.

  2. Tooth Preparation: In the next appointment, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to ensure comfort during the procedure. The damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is then removed, creating space to accommodate the dental crown.

  3. Impressions: After tooth preparation, an impression of the tooth is taken using a dental putty or digital scanner. This impression is used to create a custom-made dental crown that fits perfectly over the prepared tooth.

Dental Bridge Treatment:
  1. Initial Consultation: Similar to dental crown treatment, the process begins with an examination and X-rays to evaluate the condition of the missing tooth area and adjacent teeth. Your dentist will discuss bridge options, materials, and the treatment plan.

  2. Tooth Preparation: During the second visit, if you are getting a traditional bridge, the adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth area (abutment teeth) are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to make space for the crowns that will support the artificial tooth (pontic).

  3. Impressions: As with dental crowns, impressions of the prepared teeth and surrounding areas are taken to create a custom bridge in a dental laboratory.

Crown and Bridges Precautions
  1. Oral Hygiene: Practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Pay particular attention to the area around the dental crowns and bridges to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.

  2. Gentle Brushing: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean your dental restorations gently. Avoid using excessive force or scrubbing, as it may damage the crowns or bridges.

  3. Floss Properly: Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth and around the dental crowns and bridges. Proper flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach areas.

  4. Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods: Refrain from chewing on hard objects like ice or using your teeth to open packages. Additionally, avoid sticky foods that could potentially dislodge or damage the dental restorations.