Different Materials Used In Crowns and Bridges

Posted by DR. AMI DESAI on Jul 23 2020, 06:31 AM

Crowns and bridges are perhaps the most popular oral restorations for several years now. The dentist will fabricate crowns and bridges by taking precise measurements of the teeth and creating a digital impression using the data. This offers perfect fit and comfort. We make these restorations using various materials, depending on the patient's requirement and the severity of the oral condition.

What are commonly used materials to make crowns and bridges?

Ceramic: Dental-grade ceramic is by far the most widely used material to fabricate oral restorations, including crowns and bridges. It is tooth-colored and can be customized to match the exact color, texture, and contour of the adjoining teeth. Also, the material is highly durable and long-lasting. These features make it the most sought-after material for fabricating dental restorations.

Ceramic fused with metal: Ceramic can be combined with metals to increase their strength and structural integrity. Crowns made from such a material bond better with the existing tooth, thereby offering excellent stability.

Zirconium crowns: Zirconia is a biocompatible material that is used in the manufacture of dental crowns and bridges. It is white in color and can be customized to match the exact appearance of the natural teeth and give an aesthetically, pleasing smile.

Metal alloys: Metal alloys are known to be the toughest and most durable materials to fabricate oral restorations. Some of the metals used are gold, titanium, palladium, silver, etc. In most instances, they are combined with other metals to form an alloy and then used to make restorations. They are resistant to corrosion and restore the functionality of the teeth. However, they leave a lustrous appearance on the smile, which can lead to embarrassment when someone mocks you.

How are crowns and bridges fabricated?

When you visit the dentist for a consultation, we will thoroughly diagnose your oral condition and determine which type of restoration would best suit you. The teeth will be prepared by cleaning them and removing a thin layer of enamel to make space for the restoration. X-rays and scans will be taken to map their positions and create a digital impression. It will be used as a reference in a dental laboratory to make the crown or bridge. Meanwhile, the dentist will place temporary restorations to protect the teeth.

During the next appointment, we will place the permanent restoration on the teeth and check for fit and comfort. If any minute modifications are required, we will handle them and bond perfectly fitting restorations to your teeth using photosensitive adhesives.

Reach out to us, and we'll be happy to guide you further with your dental restorations.

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