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PORCELAIN DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES IN MELBOURNE

 

Teeth that are misshapen or have suffered in strength, size, or appearance often can be restored to their original appearance with the use of a porcelain crown .Crowns are a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. A crown is a replica of your tooth that fits over the natural tooth-after it has been prepared. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns can be used as a long-term solution.Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with prior root canal treatment, crowns can prevent breakage. Crowns can be used to strengthen a compromised tooth, change the total appearance of a tooth, and be used along with porcelain veneers to complete a smile makeover.

What Is a Porcelain Crown?

Dental crowns, also called caps, are a type of tooth restoration designed to repair several different types of problems. A crown helps protect a tooth and restores function, health, and esthetics. Different materials are used for crowns, including porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. Porcelain crowns are the most esthetic option. This type of crown is matched to your other teeth and is virtually indistinguishable. Great care is taken by our dentists to ensure your new crown blends and functions harmoniously with the rest of your teeth.

 

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When Is a Porcelain Crown Necessary?

Porcelain crowns have many benefits in various dental situations. These may include the following:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together several parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore a tooth that has already been broken or severely worn down
  • To cover and support a tooth that contains a large filling when there is not much tooth left
  • To cover misshapen or discolored teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To restore teeth that have had root canal treatment

How Is a Porcelain Crown Different from Other Types of Crowns?

All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns offer a better natural color match than any other type of crown and may be a more appealing choice for people with metal allergies. Though they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth more than metal or resin crowns, they are a good choice for front teeth.

Porcelain Dental Crowns Procedure

Fabricating a crown requires at least two visits. At the first visit, the dentist may opt to take an X-ray to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has excess decay or if there is risk of infection or injury to the pulp, a root canal may be required.

Initially, we will remove decay and old fillings and crete foundation for the the crown. The tooth will then be prepared along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown. After reshaping the tooth, we make an impression of the tooth. Then will also make a temporary crown to cover and protect the tooth while the crown is being made at a dental lab.

On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown, and then custom fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place.

How Do I Care for a Porcelain Crown?

To provide care for the new crown, it is best to avoid sticky, chewy foods that can grab and pull the crown off. Minimize chewing on the side of the mouth with the crown. Avoid hard foods that could break the crown, and slide floss out rather than lifting it up when cleaning the teeth.

How Much Do Porcelain Crowns Cost

The cost for porcelain crowns varies.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of porcelain crowns. Because every policy is different,we will review your information and help determine the status of your porcelain crowns coverage. We provide financing through CareCredit® as an option for any out-of-pocket porcelain crown costs you may have. We also offers a variety of payment methods to help make the process easier for our porcelain crown patients.

 

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All of your teeth play an important role in appearance, speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are several options for correcting tooth loss.

Options for replacing a missing tooth

A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are  permanently attached (fixed bridges)

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

What exactly is a bridge?


A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device, which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are cemented into place and cannot be removed.  Fixed bridges offer more stability

 

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Why do I need a bridge?


Oral function and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge. Over time, an un replaced tooth will lead to shifting of the remaining teeth, eventually causing problems with chewing and comfort.

Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

How is a bridge made?


The fabrication of a bridge usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment we will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used?

Our bridges are constructed from either gold alloys, precious alloys with porcelain facings, or all porcelain. Selection of the specific fabrication of a bridge is determined by the patient and doctor together, so that the best result is created.

How do I take care of my bridge?


A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

 

 


                           
 
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After a Crown or Bridge Appointment

Patient Home Care Following Crown or Bridge Appointment

If you have had anaesthetic, please be careful not to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. Avoid eating chewy foods until the numbness has worn off. It is important that the temporary crown (or bridge) stay in place until the permanent crown is inserted. If the temporary crown becomes dislodged or feels uncomfortable, please call us so that we may see you as soon as possible. Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly preventing insertion of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent to temporarily hold the crown or bridge in until you can get to our office. Some cold sensitivity and tenderness around the gum is normal for the first few days.

Avoid: Avoid chewing anything very hard or sticky on the temporary crown. Examples to avoid: Gum, Hard Crusty Bread, Minties, Taffy, or hard candy.

To prevent pulling temporary crown off, avoid flossing, but do brush carefully and thoroughly. It is important to brush and keep gum tissue as clean as possible. Remember, we are happy to see you to check the temporary crown if you have a question prior to insertion of the permanent crown.

Long Term Care of Your New Crown or Bridge.

 

Now that your crown or bridge has been cemented there are a few things to expect and to care for. Initially you may experience some sensitivity to cold as the tooth may be slightly irritated by the cement. Sensitivity toothpaste generally helps (i.e. Sensodyne or Colgate Pro-Relief). Also, if after a couple of days your “Bite” seems off or it just doesn’t feel normal, please call our office for a slight adjustment. It is extremely important to maintain excellent oral hygiene with your new crown or bridge. Some people have the misconception that a crowned tooth no longer needs to be maintained. That is simply not true. Crowns and bridges are still susceptible to decay near the gum line the same as a natural tooth.

The crown strengthens the portion of the tooth above the gum line but this margin area requires special care. Normal brushing and flossing is a must. Additional use of a fluoride rinse (i.e. Act or Flurogard), and a high fluoride content toothpaste or gel (ie. Prevident 5000 or Gel Kam) are excellent for preventing additional root decay. These additional aids are extremely important for patient with a high decay rate and/or a history of periodontal disease.

Most crowns and bridges have a ceramic outer layer or are all ceramic. These materials are very strong and colour stabile but they still have potential to fracture the same as a natural tooth, as a rule of thumb, don’t do anything with a crown or bridge that could damage a natural tooth.

DO NOT CHEW ICE!

 

The extreme temperature change greatly increases the fracture of porcelain and natural teeth. Fixed bridges require addition cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “Fake tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are readily available at most pharmacies. We would be happy to demonstrate how to use them.

 

 

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