Crowns and Bridges
Usually when a small tooth structure is left, it is recommended to receive a Dental Crown. Dental crowns are also known as “caps” and are fitted by covering the entire circumference of the tooth. Dental crowns are used to strengthen and prolong the clinical life of a structurally compromised tooth, and improve the tooth’s appearance and function. Dental Crowns can protect and support endodentically treated tooth.
A Dental Bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth by attaching the artificial pontic to the adjacent tooth. A Dental Bridge can be a better alternative than removable dentures.
Various materials and techniques have been developed through the years to aid in the growing demand for aesthetic crowns and bridges. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Emphasis on proper case selection and treatment planning by patients and dental provider is a must to achieve the best result.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown and Bridges
-Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown and Bridges are made of an underlying casted metal core, layered with porcelain on the surface. They are the strongest types of crown and can withstand biting and chewing forces. Because of its stability and strength, it is recommended for restorations in the posterior teeth or the molar areas, for long span spaces or multiple missing teeth and for night grinders.
- Capter Crowns (Porcelain Fused to Gold Core)
Capter Crowns are made of unique Gold Core layered with porcelain in the surface to mimic the natural tooth. The characteristic Gold Core of Capter Crowns made it possible to eliminate the formation of dark-gray lines around the margins of traditional fused to metal crowns. These are highly aesthetic crowns that can be used to enhance both anterior and posterior teeth.
- Zirconia CAD/CAM Milled
-Zirconia Crowns and Bridges are made of zirconium oxide core/framework layered with porcelain on the surface. Zirconia Core or frameworks are CAD CAM milled for a more precise and accurate fit. Zirconium Oxide is the strongest, all ceramic metal available for dental restoration. Because of its strength, it is good for long span bridges, restoration in the posterior region (molar areas) where strong biting forces are applied.
- Full Contour Zirconia Crowns
Full Contour Zirconia Crowns are made of solid Zirconium with no porcelain or ceramic layers. Full Contour Zirconia Crowns combine exceptional strength with beauty, emphasizing not only the aesthetic but also the function. It is indicated for long span spaces for the restoration of multiple missing teeth, for anterior and posterior areas and for patients with bruxism (night grinding).
- IPS Design - All Porcelain Crown (Emax, Empress)
IPS Design Emax and Empress Crowns have proven to be the material of choice when the case demands for highly aesthetic results. Restoration of IPS design offer lifelike restorations and optimal strength for restoration of the anterior teeth and 3-unit anterior bridge.
- Full Gold Crown
A Full Gold Crown is recommended for restorations in the posterior teeth because of less cosmetic appeal. Gold Crown can be made thin allowing for a more conservative removal of tooth structure. It is suitable for patients with bruxism (night grinding) and clenching for it is less abrasive to the opposing tooth.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPD)
Removable partial dentures is a cost effective way to replace multiple missing teeth cases with abutments or anchor teeth for dental bridges and on the absence of posterior teeth. Depending on the design and materials used, RPD can improve facial profile, prevent tooth movement and tilting and greatly enhance and restore functional occlusion.
- Ordinary Wire Acrylic Design
Ordinary Wire Acrylic Design also known as "Flippers" are made of durable plastic Pontic (artificial tooth) held by a base acrylic with wrought wire clasp. Usually recommended as traditional dentures when additional prosthetic treatment is likely in the future.
- Casted Metal Framework Design
CMF are made of basic acrylic on a curved metal framework. This type of RPD provides more stability during biting and chewing than the ordinary like acrylic denture.
- Combined Metal and Flexible Dentures (CMFD)
CMFD are made of a casted metal framework with a flexible clasp. This denture design is superior because while the framework provides stability and support, the thermoplastic clasp blends right into the gum tissue producing a naturally looking smile.
- Flexible Partial Dentures
FPD are lightweight and are made from fully flexible thermoplastic resin that snaps comfortably into the existing teeth. Its translucent resin blends with the gums making it virtually unnoticeable in the mouth. It provides strength and durability while satisfying comfort, function and aesthetics.
Complete dentures are artificial restoration used when all the upper or lower teeth are missing. They can provide support for the lips are cheeks and cover the collapsed appearances that occur after losing teeth. Different types of complete dentures may be recommended for patient’s individual needs.
- Ordinary Acrylic Dentures
These are types of complete dentures made of hard acrylic resin with artificial plastic pontic.
- Ivocap Dentures
Ivocap dentures are prosthesis processed by the use of dental injection techniques. It provides great fit and comfort, reproducing irritation to the gums and provide optimum function during chewing and speaking
- BPS (Biofunctional Prosthetic System)
BPS dentures are exceptional dentures that offer a unique way of fabrication. BPS dentures can be made only by strict protocol coordinated by certified dentist and dental laboratory technician. The BPS dentures are made of top of the line materials for comfort, reproducing the function and esthetics to high extent.
- Suction Cup Dentures
Suction Cup Dentures are dentures with tiny suction cups made from silicone rubber that adhere to oral tissue for stability and retention. Indicated for patients with flat ridges and to prevent movement of the dentures.
- Flexible Dentures
Flexible dentures are a great alternative to ordinary acrylic dentures. They are light weight and can be made very thin for comfort. It is indicated for patients with bony undercuts that can’t be managed by conventional acrylic resin without surgery.
- Soft and Hard Reline
Soft denture reline is still considered the best type of reline available. Indicated for patients who are unable to wear ordinary denture because of tender gums, sores and bony undercuts. Soft Reline will provide adequate cushion for both soft and hard tissue. The denture is relined with a material that remains soft and comfortable for a year or two before it needs replacement.
Hard Reline is an ideal way to repair the fit of dentures without completely fabricating a new one. The process involves reduction of the acrylic underside of the denture. Hard Reline is then recreated by the laboratory, often on the same day, fitting your mouth perfectly.
Dental Veneers are cosmetic restorations that impact the overall appearance of a smile. They are made out of thin shells of porcelain or composite resin, and are bonded on the facial surface of the tooth. Indicated for patients who want to undergo smile transformation without going through orthodontic treatment, for patients who want permanent white teeth, for patients who wants longer teeth and more. But not all patients are candidate for dental veneers. Only those with proper case selection and planning can patients be assured of exceptional results.
- Ultrathin Veneers
Ultrathin Porcelain Veneers are types of porcelain veneers and are made from porcelain materials that can be made thinner without compromising strength and aesthetics. Unlike traditional porcelain veneers, ultra thin veneers require very minimal tooth reduction, mostly confined within the enamel layer only, making the tooth preparation procedure almost painless for the patient.
- IPS - Design Emax Veneers
IPS Design Emax and Empress Crowns have proven to be the material of choice when the case demands for highly aesthetic results. IPS Design offers lifelike restoration and optimal strength for the restoration of the anterior teeth and 3-unit anterior bridge.
- Processed Composite Veneers
Dental veneers made of high composite resin that comes to front teeth. They are cost effective compound to a regular veneers but are prone to staining and replacement depending on the patient’s lifestyle.