It’s hard to feel attractive when facing problems with our smile. The damaged, decayed or missing teeth usually reduce our confidence. Modern dentistry is fortunately in position to restore our smile with dental crowns and other prosthetic restorations.

What is the restoration called a “dental crown”?

When a large amount of tooth substance is lost due to decay or injury, a dental crown is usually the best choice. To enable the placement of the dental crown, the dentist prepares the tooth, in order to use the healthy remaining substance. The crown covers all of the visible parts of the prepared tooth and restores its size and morphology.

Crowns modify and restore damaged teeth, allowing the correct functioning and aesthetic simulation with natural dentition.

How many appointments are needed?

The stages of placing a dental crown are:

  • Removal of carious tooth substance.
  • Preparation of the tooth to give the appropriate shape and morphology.
  • Impression of the dentition, so that the dental lab dental lab fabricates the customized dental crown accordingly. Your tooth will receive a new temporary crown that protects it until the final restoration is ready to be permanently placed on.
  • The temporary crown is removed and the final dental crown is bonded to the prepared tooth, if it fulfils the biological and cosmetic expectations.

What is the restoration called a “bridge”?

Whenever the longevity of a tooth restoration it is not possible, we replace it with an implant or we place a bridge.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the space of the lost teeth. The “abutments” teeth, i.e. the prepared teeth, serve as anchors for the bridge, while the “pontics”, i.e. the lost teeth, are attached to the dental crowns that cover the abutments.

Your dentist can help you choose the type of bridge is best for you, based on the location of the missing teeth, their function, aesthetic considerations and cost.

Any prosthetic restoration should be incorporated into the natural dentition and make us feel comfortable. It requires the same care as the natural teeth. Daily brushing, according to the doctor’s instructions, reduces plaque development helping the longevity of a bright smile.