When is a crown made?
- If the tooth / molar has a large filling, with the risk of leakage or breakage.
- With a broken lump.
- If there is not enough support to be filled again. This is usually the case with teeth / molars in which a root canal treatment has been done.
What is a crown?
A crown is a cap that is made over the tooth. The tooth or molar is therefore first dragged into a stump. After this a print and an emergency crown are made. The dental technician then makes the final crown on the print, which is placed a few weeks later.
If very little material is left of the tooth or molar, so that it is not possible to grind it into a stump, a (cast) structure must first be made. With the help of a pin in the root canal, a stump is built up, so that the crown can be made on it.
When is a bridge made?
- If one or more teeth and / or molars are missing, it is possible to fill this space with a bridge.
- To improve chewing or appearance.
- To prevent outgrowth or skew of other teeth.
What is a bridge?
A bridge consists of 2 or more crowns that fit on the pillars and one
bridge intermediate part. The neighboring teeth (pillars) are ground and provided with a crown, between which an artificial tooth is placed, which fills the open space. In the case of a bridge, an emergency provision is first made and after the impression the dental technician makes the definitive bridge.
What can you expect after the treatment?
An impression must first be made for both crowns and a bridge. After printing, it is possible that the gums are sensitive for a few days and sometimes discolored a little black. After good brushing, the pain disappears after a few days. You can also take a paracetamol (if necessary).
The emergency crown or emergency bridge is provisionally secured. Until the second appointment (that of placing the definitive provision) you must be careful with food and tooth burning or flossing. It is important that the emergency crown does not let go; otherwise the neighbor dials may shift, reducing the fit. Should the emergency crown still come off, have it fixed by the dentist as soon as possible.
The final provision will be placed with the second appointment. After this it is important to brush well, especially with the gums, to prevent gum problems.
Lifetime of crowns and bridges
Making crowns and bridges is precision work; the dentist therefore devotes a lot of attention and time to it; however, the lifetime of a crown or bridge also depends on the mouth situation:
It is always possible that an inflammation occurs on a tooth. This can therefore also happen some or a long time after placing the crown or bridge. In that case, a root canal treatment (usually through the crown) should be done. To exclude this risk as much as possible, the dentist thoroughly assesses the situation / root point in advance.
Dead teeth / molars are usually very weakened. The dentist rebuilds these elements with the help of a marker in the root. An unfavorable load can cause a crack or break in such a root.
Perfect oral hygiene (so brushing and between the teeth / teeth
cleaning!) is essential: otherwise a hole (tooth decay) may form along the crown edge or a gum disease.
Crowns and Bridges:
- Solid and sustainable provision.
- Provides protection against lump fracture.
- Feels like your own tooth or choose.
- Can be very beautiful (Aesthetics).
- The pillars may be sensitive for a while after the treatment.
- With white porcelain crowns there is a (slight) chance of porcelain breakage, in particular if unfavorable (grinding) forces occur.
- The lifespan depends in particular on your oral hygiene: this must be good and stay good, because otherwise there are holes or gum infections can come along the crown edge.