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Implant Crowns and Bridges

Implant Crowns and Bridges

What are dental crowns?

Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the look and shape of natural tooth enamel, while providing good strength and resilience.

A crown is used to protect a tooth that has broken or is heavily decayed or filled. Crowns can also be used to improve teeth with severe wear and tear (due to erosion or grinding). Crowns can also protect teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, to support a partial denture, or used to restore dental implants. A crown can also be attached to a dental implant.
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There are three basic types of dental crowns – porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal, and porcelain/Zirconium. They are created to feel and look like natural teeth. With good oral hygiene and maintenance crowns will provide excellent long term solution.

 


What are dental bridges?

Bridges are a good option for replacing one or more missing teeth. A bridge is fixed to the remaining natural teeth either side of the gap, restoring the look and function of the missing teeth. Like crowns, they are now available as an all-ceramic option for superior appearance.

Dental bridges generally require the reduction of neighbouring teeth to make room for materials used to create the bridge.

 Different type of bridges:

  • Conventional bridges: A secure, long-lasting option. The bridge is anchored on neighbouring teeth or implants and cannot be removed

  • Resin bonded bridges or Maryland bonded bridges: Most suitable for a single missing tooth. This is essentially a sticky bridge which is bonded to the natural teeth and requires minimal tooth preparation.

  • Cantilever bridges: Ideal for single tooth replacement, fixed to one adjacent tooth.

  • Removable bridges: A hybrid denture bridge that stays in place with friction or precision attachment.

  • Implant-supported bridges: These bridges can be fixed to existing dental implants by being screwed or cemented in place. Once fitted, the implants provide the foundation for long-term support of bridges or dentures.


What is a Prosthodontics?

A Prosthodontist is a specialist dentist that deals with the replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges and dentures) which maybe fixed or removable, or maybe supported and retained by Implants.

We offer a variety of solutions such as fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics as well as implant prosthodontics.  Please do not hesitate to ask for further information from our specialist Prosthodontist Dr Lambis Petridis.

 

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