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Bridges & Crowns

Dental  Crown 

A crown or cap is a covering that fits over prepared tooth and is used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or a large filling.Crowns can be made of porcelain, all ceramic and gold/gold alloy crowns.


A bridge is made by placing crowns on the teeth at either side of the gap. This is joined by holding the crowns in place by placing a false tooth in the space. The bridge is made in the dental laboratory and cemented with an adhesive. They are made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. Sometimes other non-precious metals are used in the base for strength. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.

How is a crown prepared?

Crown preparation involves removing an outer layer of the tooth leaving the central core. Post the crown shaping impressions are taken which will be sent to the laboratory for fabrication of the crown.

How long does the treatment take?

The crown preparation takes two visits. At the first visit the crown is prepared, Impressions are taken and shade is recorded. At the second visit the permanent crown is fitted. There is an interval of 1-2 weeks between visits.

Is crown preparation painful ?

A local anaesthetic is given before the treatment is done, at times there may be no requirement of an anaesthetic.

 Can a crown be seen ?

Dentistry is so evolved now that a crown can perfectly match the existing teeth set hence it can be very difficult to see a crown. The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible. The shade of the teeth will be recorded, to make sure that the colour looks natural and a perfect match.

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