Our aspiration at Dhotrad’s Sunny Dental Clincis is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. That is why we provide dental crowns as a cosmetic offering. As the name implies, the crowns sit at the top of the tooth like a cap. The crown acts as a protective cover for the tooth. This dental restoration resembles the natural tooth resulting in an enhanced smile that makes one look and feel amazing.

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is basically a cap for a damaged or a fractured tooth. It is designed from a variety of materials, including metal or porcelain.

What are the benefits of a Dental Crown?

A Crown provides a wide array of solutions for dental problems. Some advantages they offer are:

• Adds needed strength to weak teeth
• Restores teeth to a natural pleasing look
• Provides covering for a dental implant
• Covers teeth discolorations
• Holds a filling together

What are the types of Dental Crowns?

Different kinds of materials are used in crowns, including:

• Porcelain
• Ceramic
• Zirconia
• Metal
• Gold
• Composite resin
• A combination of materials

For case in point, one could have a porcelain crown that’s fused to metal, as opposed to an all-porcelain crown.

When selecting the material for the crown, your dentist considers factors such as:

The tooth’s location

• How much of the tooth will show when one smiles
• Position of the gum tissue
• Function of the tooth that needs the crown
• How much of the natural tooth is remaining
• Color of the surrounding teeth

The most suitable material is decided based on the need and the suitability to the tooth in consultation with the patient.

Temporary Crown

A temporary crown is a crown that’ll only remain in the mouth for a short period of time.

It is placed over the tooth with an adhesive that can be easily removed, so it is not as strong as a permanent crown.

This is done while waiting for a permanent crown to be prepared. The permanent crown is placed on the tooth at a second appointment.

Who needs a Crown?

If one has a large cavity that is too big for a filling, it may require a crown.

One may also need a crown if the tooth is:

• Severely worn down
• Cracked
• Weakened

Crowns are also recommended following a root canal on a tooth, because the tooth is more fragile and needs protection.

One may be a candidate for a crown if one has a missing tooth, and the dentist needs to put in a dental bridge or a tooth implant.

What is the life of a Dental Crown?

Variations in crown placement and other factors could affect the results in an actual person. All-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns may look more natural, but they’re usually not as strong as the metal or porcelain-fused-to metal versions.

The life of the dental crown depends on factors as oral hygiene habits, and the amount of wear and tear. When taken care of, crowns can last many years.

Alternative to Dental Crown

A dental crown may be the most recommend solution however alternatives exist.

A veneer is recommended in case a tooth is too weakened or worn down to support a regular filling.

Your dentist will most likely recommend the crown that works best for your specific situation or is the best alternative option.


Getting a dental bridge is a great way to replace missing teeth. Bridges are a great alternative to wearing traditional dentures. Many patients prefer getting bridges when they need replacement teeth. At Dhotrad’s Sunny Dental Clincis, we place bridges that look entirely natural. With precise measurements and impressions we create replacement teeth that look and feel natural and comfortable.

What is Dental Bridge?

Dental Bridge or Fixed Partial Denture (FPD) is a fixed dental prosthetic. It can be handy in cases of partial tooth loss. A bridge, as the name suggests, forms a connection between two healthy teeth. The missing gap is filled with a replacement tooth or teeth.

A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although pontics can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, typically it is made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with the natural teeth to give a great smile.

Who is an ideal candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Ideally one can undergo a Dental Bridge treatment if one has a missing tooth or teeth and if the teeth at both sides of the tooth or teeth gap are healthy. Sturdy teeth that can support the bridge can have dental crowns placed over them

What are the benefits in getting a Dental Bridge?

Getting a dental bridge brings many fantastic benefits. Patients and dentists love the fact that bridges can:

• Restore a beautiful smile
• Bring back the ability to chew and speak properly
• Helps to maintain the natural shape of the face
• Equally distribute the bite forces through the teeth replacement
• Prevents the remaining teeth from drifting out of position

Types of Dental Bridges

The four main types of dental bridges are:

1. Traditional
2. Cantilever
3. Maryland
4. Implant-supported

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional dental bridge consists of a false or artificial tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A traditional bridge is the most popular type of dental bridge and can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

Although similar to a traditional bridge, the pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to one or more abutment tooth.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Similar to a traditional bridge, Maryland dental bridges employ two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. However, while a traditional bridge uses dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth.

Like a traditional bridge, a Maryland bridge can only be used when you have a natural tooth on each side of the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth.

Implant-supported Dental Bridge

As the name implies, implant-supported bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in position. If one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, the bridge may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.

Considered the strongest and most stable system, an implant-supported bridge commonly requires two surgeries:

1. One to embed the implants in the jawbone
2. A second surgery to place the bridge

It can take a number of months for the procedure to be completely finished.

What does a Dental Bridge cost?

There are many variables that can affect the price including:

• Number of teeth needed to fill the gap
• Materials used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin
• Complexity/difficulty of the placement
• Additional treatments for other dental issues, such as gum disease

The costs also depend on the type of bridge that you select

Bridge vs. Standard Dentures or Removable Partial Dentures

A significant difference between Bridge vs. Standard dentures or Removable Partial dentures (RPD) is that with Removable Partial dentures, they are removable. It is because of this removability that increases instability risk with dentures. Anything that can be removed runs the risk of becoming loose or even popping out. Many patients with active lifestyles prefer a bridge due to their stability.

Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant

Many dental insurance plans cover bridges, and many now cover implants as well. A dental bridge may need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years, depending on proper care, while implants are considered a long term solution. There are factors that can reduce the life of all types of bridges, including implants, such as dental hygiene.

What is the treatment process?

Dhotrad’s Sunny Dental Clincis, we start with an examination and X-rays. This is needed to determine if the teeth have the strength to support a bridge. This also makes sure there is no decay or infection present. If there is, proper treatment is advised and done.

Next is the prepping of the anchor teeth for the crowns. Then an impression using suitable impression material or a non contact digital impression is taken. Next, the bridge and crowns are designed and created in the lab. A temporary bridge may be placed in the meantime. Finally, the ready bridge is placed to complete the smile process.