Maintaining a healthy-looking smile is easier said than done. Various oral issues such as external trauma, tooth discoloration, infections, gum diseases, missing teeth, etc. can ruin one’s smile. In such cases, oral restorations help get teeth back to their original form, thereby restoring both functionality and aesthetics.
Crowns and bridges are widely used by dentists to modify a person’s smile and improve the functionality of teeth. Crowns look exactly like natural teeth but are hollow on the inside. They are used to cover the entire surface of damaged, worn out, cracked, or weak teeth to restore their appearance and strength. Bridges are solid ceramic structures that resemble natural teeth. They are coupled with dental crowns on either side to provide the required anchorage.
The fabrication process of both crowns and bridges is quite similar. During the initial consultation, the dentist will screen the teeth for issues such as damage, wear, cavities, existing restorations, etc. Based on the observations made, the candidacy for the restorations will be determined. Next, a digital mold of the teeth will be taken to determine the size and the contour of the restoration required.
Once the scans are complete, the obtained data will be transferred to a computerized milling machine that helps build customized restorations. It only takes a few minutes for the fabrication to be complete, after which any final alterations to be made are carried out. The color and contour of the restorations will perfectly mimic the natural teeth, after which they will be bonded in place. Photosensitive dental adhesives will be used for this purpose, after which they will be hardened using a curing light. Finally, a bite test will be conducted to make sure the restoration doesn’t cause any discomfort.
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