Crowns and Bridges

Restorations that are classified under this category of treatment are veneers, inlays, onlays and crowns. These restorations/prostheses are made in dental laboratories by dental technicians according to impressions/measurements of prepared teeth that have been supplied by prosthodontists. They can be constructed from a variety of materials, e.g. porcelain, ceramic, composite resin
and metal.

The use of these restorations is mainly indicated when a tooth has a cavity that is too large to restore with a conventional restoration/filling. Veneers and crowns can also restore or improve dental aesthetics, often with startling results.

Prosthodontists undergo extensive training to enable them to appropriately prepare teeth and take impressions to ensure fabrication of restorations that approach a perfect fit to the tooth. This is a critical requirement, as the life expectancy of the tooth and restoration is closely related to this factor.

Sometimes the restorative challenges are very large, involving the restoration of many, or even all teeth, and this will test the skill of even a specialist, and general dentists should definitely not be attempting these challenges.

Prosthodontists are also trained to integrate optimum dental aesthetics and function (e.g. correction of bite problems) during the restoration of dental problems.

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