Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are a type of restoration or rehabilitation of the teeth. A crown is an artificial tooth that a dental technician builds according to measurements taken from the patient’s teeth by a dentist. Dentists recommend crowns for several reasons, usually to restore a tooth, strengthen a tooth or improve the appearance of teeth. In most cases, crowns are made from a combination of metal and porcelain and the metal can be of various types: semi-precious, noble, non precious or gold. There are also crowns made only from porcelain without metal.
The treatment is performed in stages until the final result. For perfect results the dentist must take measurements before starting treatment. The measurements are given to the dental technician who makes a diagnostic carving – an imaging of the final result. After receiving patient approval of the model, the dentist commences treatment.
The treatment begins with sharpening the tooth or teeth onto which the crown will be placed. After sharpening the dentist again takes measurements which are given to the technician who starts preparing the crowns. In the meantime, the patient wears temporary crowns prepared in advance. Before applying the crowns, the dentist measures them and returns them to the technician for polishing. At the patient’s next visit, and crowns are applied, restoring the teeth to the original shape. The color of each crown matches the color of the teeth which lie adjacent to the tooth onto which the crown has been applied. The color is determined by the dental technician and the dentist and must receive patient approval.