A crown is a full coverage restoration that protects the portion of the tooth above the gum line often in its entirety. For example, a crown is indicated when more than 50% of the natural tooth structure is compromised by a filling or decay, or has fractured. As well, a crown is indicated to protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, as such a tooth becomes increasingly brittle and is prone to fracturing. A crown can also serve to cover misshaped, misaligned, and/or discolored teeth. The type of crown indicated depends on the dental situation.
A bridge is 2 or more crowns on either side of a space (that was or should have been previously occupied by a natural tooth) which are linked together by one or more false teeth as a single unit.
Crowns and bridges are cemented into place permanently and are not removable.
Such restorations do not have a metallic sub-structure. Instead, they are fabricated entirely of ceramic or porcelain thus allowing for optimal translucency, reflection and true color representation. As such, this treatment is the ultimate cosmetic and esthetic dental restoration.
At Bükal, we have CEREC CAD/CAM technology, which alloys us to design the restorations on a computer and to mill the porcelain directly at the clinic in one visit.