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Crowns and Bridges (Original)

Crowns and Bridges (Original)


Also known as fixed partial dentures, dental bridges consist of 2 crowns that are fitted onto existing teeth adjacent to the missing teeth, and artificial teeth connected between the crowns that ‘bridge’ the gap. Additionally, the anchoring of the bridge can also be done with dental implants.

How are dental bridges made?
First, the natural teeth that will be used as support will be reshaped to make space for the crowns. These teeth are called “abutments”. Next, an impression of the abutments and gums (where the missing teeth are) will be made, which will be used to customise the bridge to fit the patient’s mouth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where professional technicians will create the customised bridge by hand or through computer-assisted manufacturing processes. The laboratory usually takes one to two weeks to fabricate the bridge. Once the bridge is ready, the patient will come for a follow-up visit to mount the bridge precisely.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns can be thought of as a “cover” or a “cap” that provides full-coverage protection for a badly damaged tooth.

2. What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a series of crowns joined adjacent to one another to replace a missing tooth.

3. How long can dental bridges last?

A dental bridge is expected to last about 10 years, if proper care, such as good oral routine, is taken to maintain.

4. What are dental crowns and bridges made of?

Dental crowns and bridges can be made of full metal, Porcelain-metal, Full-porcelain, or Zirconia.

Home Care Instructions for Fixed Prosthetic Crowns & Bridges

1. What are the side effects of Anesthetic?

Before the procedure, you were given an anesthetic to ensure your comfort. This anesthetic typically leaves your lips, teeth and tongue feeling numb after the appointment. For this reason, you should avoid chewing for 2 hours following the surgery, or until the numbness has completely worn off. In some cases, you may also experience numbness on one side of the face, and it will take about 3 hours to regain your muscles control.

2. Must I complete the course of antibiotics medicine?

If you have been given a course of antibiotics to take after your treatment, please ensure that you complete the course.

3. How long will the pain or swelling last after a tooth extraction?

You may experience pain, swelling, or discomfort for several days, which can be treated with painkillers. There is also a risk of an infection following the treatment, which can be treated with antibiotics. Should the symptoms persist or worsen, please contact the clinic immediately. If the symptoms worsen on the second day with severe pain and fever occurring concurrently, please contact our clinic immediately.

Caring for your Temporary Crown/Bridge

If my temporary crown or bridge dislodges, what do I have to do?

If a temporary crown/bridge is placed after your tooth has been prepared, it is important that the temporary crown/bridge stay in place until the permanent crown is placed. The temporary crown/bridge protects your prepared tooth and maintain the space and position of your teeth. Sensitivity and drifting of the teeth can occur if the temporary crown/bridge gets dislodged, which may cause your final crown/bridge to not fit. Please call our clinic immediately in the event of a dislodgement of your temporary crown/bridge.

The temporary crown/bridge seems to be protruding out more than other teeth, and I seem to be biting on it. Should I be concerned?

You are experiencing a high bite. If you experience a high bite after the anesthetic wears off, please call our clinic for adjustment.

What changes do I have to make to my diet?

As the temporary crown/bridge is secured with a lightweight cement that is designed to come off easily, you should avoid chewing sticky or crunchy foods that could dislodge/break the temporary crown/bridge.

Are there any special oral hygiene instructions?

You may use your toothbrush to clean the temporary crown/bridge as per normal. However, when flossing, you should remove the floss from the side of the tooth instead of lifting it up from the temporary crown/bridge, so as to prevent the temporary crown/bridge from getting dislodged.

Caring for your Definitive Crown/Bridge

The crown/bridge seems to be protruding out more than other teeth, and I seem to be biting on it. Should I be concerned?

It may take a few days for you to get used to the permanent crown/bridge. If your bite feels uneven, please call our clinic for an adjustment.

What changes do I have to make to my diet?

Avoid consuming hard and sticky foods as they can potentially cause your crown/bridge to break/fracture.

Are there any special oral hygiene instructions?

During the first 24 hours, brush along the gum line around the crown/bridge, and be sure to remove the floss from the side of the tooth, instead of lifting it up from the crown/bridge. Subsequently, you may brush and floss as per normal. You should brush twice daily and floss at least once a day. Specifically for bridges, we will also recommend the use of a floss threader.

My crown/bridge isn’t giving me any problem, do I still need to visit the dentist?

It is recommended to schedule for a check-up at least once every 6 months (charges apply). X-rays will be taken to check on the health of your crown/bridge. In addition, your crown/bridge will also be professionally cleaned, including the areas that you cannot reach at home.