The crown is the visible part of a tooth that is (usually) above the gum line. It is supported by the root, which is usually located underneath the gums in the jawbone. When a crown is damaged by trauma, tooth decay, or irreparable discolouration, the patient may need a new crown to restore this tooth aesthetically and functionally. The dentist must create sufficient space for this so that the dental technician can shape the new crowns correctly, ensuring they are not too thick or convex and fit among the remaining teeth. Newly available materials mean that this reduction is much less than before, and there is also less chance of nerve damage with this type of treatment. The preservation of a well-manufactured crown is, in some cases, more than 20 years, but, as always, depends on good daily oral hygiene to avoid new problems occurring around the edge of the crown or at tooth roots.
When a patient has lost or had one or more teeth removed and wishes to have them replaced, we usually opt for implants. In some cases, however, the placement of an implant is not possible or not desired (financial, risk factors, unfavourable location or insufficient bone available). When the space of this lost tooth is bordered by at least 2 good teeth (roots) on either side of this gap, the dentist can propose a bridge. This means that crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, which are then connected and form a single bridge, permanently cemented across the existing gap. The biggest disadvantages here are the necessary reduction, risking nerve damage, and the critical care required for the teeth that serve as bridge supports. If one of these supports is damaged or destroyed, the entire bridge often becomes obsolete.
Crowns and bridges offer enormous possibilities. They are supported by a great deal of scientific knowledge and, for many years, used to be seen as the only way to restore the patient's teeth as comfortably as possible. A bridge is, after all, fixed over the existing tooth (roots) and is therefore not removable so that the patient always retains the feeling of having their own teeth.
At MOND, we always work with highly experienced dental technicians who deliver high-quality products to create the most aesthetically pleasing and functional result. These crowns are almost always metal-free and customised according to the teeth and wishes of the patient.