Dr. Vikrant Kundu

BDS (Hons)
MDS ( Orthodontics )
CAIC ( Implantology Korea )
ADIC ( Implantology Israel )
CHIEF MENTOR, Mirell International

Crown & Bridges

Get your smile & confidence back with Dr. Vikrant Kundu (Implantologist - C.A.I.C. from Korea)

We offer best quality crowns & bridge work in Dwarka, Delhi at Shine Dental Clinic. Crown over RCT to restore crooked tooth all is offered under one roof

Why dentists recommend Crown?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps, which are placed over a particular tooth. Crowns help in covering the tooth for reinstating its shape and size; provide more strength, and enhance appearance. When the crown is finely cemented at its place, it encloses the entire visible part of the tooth, lying at the gum line or above it. Here are the most common reasons, for recommending crowns to patients:

  • Replacing a large filling, where there aren’t enough teeth: When there are missing tooth in a jaw line, dentists place crowns in the empty place. This helps to re-fill the gaps, caused by missing tooth and gives a natural look and appearance.
  • Protecting weak tooth from fracturing: Fragile and delicate tooth have higher risks of suffering damage like fracture. Crowns impart strength and firmness to the weak tooth and sustain it for a long time. As a result, the weak tooth gradually heals and returns back to normal state and functioning.
  • Restoring a fractured tooth: Crowns are equally useful for restoring broken or fractured tooth. Fractured tooth cannot take the pressure of chewing, biting and other tooth activities. With a crown, the broken tooth is well covered. Patients can also prevent tooth loss.
  • Attaching a bridge: In crucial cases, even the weakest tooth can’t be restored, only with crown. Therefore, dentists suggest bridgework, to preserve the bony socket and give a proper shape to the jawbone. In this, the bridge provides support to the tooth and the crown is used to attach the bridge to the critically damaged tooth and hold the bridge in its place.
  • Covering a dental implant: With one or more missing tooth, dentists place implants in the empty space of the jawbone. Once the implant completely integrates with the jawbone, it serves as a new “root” for the crown, to replace the absent tooth.
  • Covering a discolored or poorly shaped tooth: Often tooth gets discolored, yellowish and improper in shape. Crowns help in maintaining good shape, size and look of these teeth and deliver teeth color, of similar tone, like other teeth.
  • Covering a RCT tooth: Last but not the least, crowns are most effective in covering tooth, which has undergone a Root Canal Treatment at past. Crown gives the finishing touch, soon after RCT. It seals the tooth and strengthens it for the future.

Why dentists recommend Bridges?

Simple Dental Bridge

Implant supported Dental Bridge

The main function of a dental bridge is to bridge the gap, created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges help in restoring smile, maintain facial shape and structure, restoring chewing, biting and eating functions, distributing biting pressure among teeth by replacing missing teeth, and preventing teeth from shifting out of position. The following things are more likely to happen, if dental bridges are not placed on time.

  • Tooth decay: If dental bridges are not installed on time, tooth will start decaying, at a faster rate. Tooth may also develop infections, which may bring down overall dental health. The quality of tooth will gradually decrease and be non-functional.
  • Tooth-Fallout: Without dental implants, tooth becomes weak, fragile and delicate. It has a tendency to fall on its own, thereby leading to a gap in the jaw line. Often, tooth breaks down, suffers fractures, or develops cracks. Pieces of porcelain may also come out, if bridges are absent.
  • Disability in Eating: Teeth functions like eating, chewing, and biting are seriously affected by missing tooth. While biting, the pressure gets unevenly distributed, and, as a result patients can’t bite their food properly. The only reason being, all teeth are not adjoined to allow proper biting. Same with chewing, since without teeth, it’s difficult to chew food.
  • Disability in Smiling & Talking: Missing or infected tooth prevents people from opening their mouth in public. They face embarrassment in smiling and talking, since their jaw line gets seen. If dental bridges are avoided, patients shall only stay away from social life and can cannot converse or smile freely.
  • De-shaped Facial Structure: Facial shape and structure is formed by dental setup. The alignment of teeth and its positions make our facial structure. Missing tooth can harm our normal look and disturb the structure of face.

What are Simple Bridges?

A typical dental bridge consists of two or more crowns, which are placed on either side of the missing teeth. The false tooth/teeth lie in between, and the two or more anchoring teeth, lie at the end. Those lying at the end are known as abutment teeth. The false teeth are called pontics. Pontics are made of various materials like porcelain, alloys, and gold. It can also be a combination of all these substances. After placing the bridges, the natural teeth provide support.

There are three main types of normal bridges – traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges.

What are Dental Implant Bridges?

Dental Implants are titanium posts, which are placed within the jawbone, just beneath the gum line. The implants are similar to tooth roots, and allow the dentists to place the replacement teeth or a bridge, into the specific area. The implant-supported bridges are quite similar to dental bridges; the only difference being that it is supported by implants, whereas the dental bridges are supported by natural teeth. Usually, on using an implant-supported bridge, for each missing tooth, one implant is mounted in the jawbone. After that, crowns are attached to one another, and form a single piece.

Implant-supported bridge consists of three components: implant, abutment and restoration. It is mostly done, in case of missing tooth. Also, when dentists suspect excess pressure being put on individual implants, which are not connected to one another, they recommend dental implant bridges. It helps in reducing pressure on the particular implant bone, while patients bite and chew food; and distributes the pressure across the dental bridge.

What are the differences between simple bridges and dental implant bridges?

Both simple and dental implant bridges have their pros and cons. The difference can be best summarized through the following points:

  • Longevity: Implant-supported bridges last more than double, as compared to normal bridges. Where the former lasts for 15+ years; the latter can last only between 5 to 7 years.
  • Long-Term Dental Health: In implant bridges, there is hardly any loss to gum or bone. On the contrary, some bones or gums get lost during normal bridge surgeries.
  • Oral Hygiene: Patients can brush and floss their teeth normally post implant-supported bridges. Normal bridges demand special brushing and flossing techniques, as suggested by dentists.
  • Appearance: The best possible aesthetics are seen after placing implant bridges. It yield good and natural looks, after treatment.
  • Duration of Surgery: Implant bridges take longer time than normal bridges. In case of implant bridges, patients need to go for multiple visits, spanning over three to six months. For normal bridges, they only need to give two to three visits, over a few weeks.
  • Cost: Dental implants are more expensive than simple bridges.

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