Feldspar ceramics – translucent, naturally
This perfect “copy” (colour gradient and translucence of the tooth) of the surrounding natural teeth cannot be distinguished from the original. By applying the latest biomimetic findings concerning the process of layering ceramic (the mechanical properties of ceramic have already been satisfactorily proven), these crowns can achieve the best and most lasting results.
Zirconia – the white gold
As a rule, all-ceramic crowns are manufactured by specialists in dental laboratories using state-of-the-art technology (laser scans, CAD/CAM milling machines, sintering furnaces).
The framework materials have long been tested in industry (zirconia brakes in the automotive industry, applications in the space industry, orthopaedic surgery, hip implants) with regard to their durability, resilience and biocompatibility.
Tooth loss (for example caused by advanced tooth decay, a severe fall or accident, etc.) creates a gap in the row of teeth. This is a problematic situation both aesthetically and functionally: The adjacent teeth may shift into the gap, the bite (or: occlusion) changes in an unfavourable way, the bone in the gap will retract more quickly. If only one tooth is missing, apart from inserting a bridge or partial denture, it is more practical to put in an implant, with a crown being the optimal solution in this case.
Advantages of bridges
- a simple aesthetic design can be created in the laboratory, and
- there is a quick functional adaptation.
Disadvantages of bridges
- Healthy surrounding teeth also have to be filed in order to ensure optimal stability and durability of the bridge
- There may be damage to the tooth nerves or the root
- Oral hygiene is more complicated to manage in patients who have bridges (secondary tooth decay at the bridge supports may occur more easily)
A crown or cap is the dental restorations that covers a tooth or a dental implant and attached by dental glue or screw. Crowns are routinely applied on massively decayed, worn or broken teeth which are often treated with root canal therapy. A bridge typically consists of two or more crowns or fake teeth to replace missing ones. Placing a crown or bridge generally requires circumferential preparation of the targeted teeth to create space for porcelain. Following the preparation step, a digital impression is taken using TRIOS and temporary crowns are attached to the teeth so that the patient can have the feeling of the final crowns beforehand. The final crown must be designed to look and feel very natural and to appear as if it is emerging from the gums. You may require a porcelain crown not only if your teeth were damaged but also if your teeth require major changes in their size, shape or alignment. Crowned teeth typically require extra oral hygiene habits to maintain the health of the gums around the crowns and to prevent any bacteria from growth around the crowns that might cause a bad smell, decay or breakdown of the crowned teeth.
Dentures are removable false teeth designed to replace missing teeth. Complete dentures are those used to replace all missing teeth in a jaw; while a partial denture is used to replace only some missing teeth. They can be supported by the gums, remaining teeth or dental implants. In order to get a denture, you will need to have several dental appointments to measure the dimensions of your face and jaws, to record the way you bite and speak and to try a temporary prosthesis and make adjustments if needed. You will be able to choose the colour and shape of your teeth and the way you wish to see your smile. Dental implants could be applied first to help good stabilization and retention of the dentures. Upon successful delivery of your denture, you will be advised to undergo special diet for a few days, until you get used with the new denture. You will also be instructed for special cleaning of the dentures using cleansing powder or gel. You will be given advice on wearing and storage of the dentures so that they won’t get dry or loose. You are advised to frequently consult our office and seek help whenever you feel any pain or irritation; our team will immediately evaluate your case and do any needed adjustment, relining or replacement.