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What Is Crowns and BridgeWorks Treatment in Singapore?

Before the era of implants, crown and bridgework was the best way to replace missing or partially missing teeth. It is still an excellent way to replace missing teeth for whatever reason implants cannot be used. By using the existing teeth as a base for the reconstruction with the bridgework or crowns we have been able to return the dentition to normal function and indeed normal appearance as well.

Crowns are single replacement units for a single damaged tooth. For example if a tooth is heavily damaged over the years through cracks and decay, a crown will be needed to reconstruct the tooth. This will involve the repair of the base (core or root) and the making of a customized crown for that tooth by different materials that can mimic the appearance or function of the tooth or both.

Metal crowns while unattractive in appearance is just about the most durable crown in the world of dentistry. It has its uses at the back of the mouth where appearances do not matter. Where appearance does matter we offer a hybrid crown made of a thin metal base and a covering of porcelain to mimic the appearance of a tooth. This has been the most common type of crown to date but a new all ceramic crown has been replacing the metal-porcelain crown where ultimate aesthetics matter especially for the front teeth. While not as strong as the metal-porcelain variety, they are improving year by year but so are costs.

Bridgework replaces missing teeth lost through previous extractions. They are constructed by incorporating two adjacent crowns to the gap/missing teeth and fusing them to the artificial replacement teeth into a single unit. Once fitted and cemented to one’s teeth the bridge behaves much like there is no missing teeth. Of course the missing teeth being supported not by its own real roots but by borrowing or sharing with the strength of the adjacent teeth they are not as strong as real individual teeth. For that we offer Dental Implants.

However it is less costly than implants and does not involve any surgery which might appeal to those who are afraid of surgery. It is also relatively quick as one can have replacement teeth in a week or so. Implants usually require a few months of proper healing after any extraction before reconstruction is commenced. The bridge procedure however requires that at least two adjacent teeth be filed down to accommodate the two crowns that are the support for the rest of the bridge.

While many do not mind since the adjacent teeth may already be heavily refilled and damaged perhaps to the extent they are themselves candidates for crowning. This would be a great opportunity to utilize them as bridgework with little downside.

But if one has perfect teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, it would be better to also consider Dental Implants as a solution. Many patients find bridgework a good substitute for removable plastic dentures which though popular due to its low cost is never considered great in terms of function. As our society becomes more informed and affluent they seek better forms of Dental treatment like bridgework and implants. If you’re looking for a dental clinic in Singapore to perform the treatment, do find a dental surgeon that you’re comfortable with.

Lam Dental Surgery was started in 1971 by Prof. Ronald V Lam after leaving the Dental Faculty, University of Singapore and was located at the previous Specialists Center, Hotel Phoenix where now Orchard 313 stands. Prof. Lam specialized in removable denture prosthodontics and received his post graduate training in Ohio State University.

In 1985 Dr. Andre Lam joined our clinic and expanded its facilities. Two years later in 1987 Dr. Bernice Chow and Dr. Ho Soo Herng joined this enlarged practice.

By 1997 Lam Dental Surgery had to find a more suitable location and moved to Orchard Building opposite Orchard Cineleisure where it is still located. Dr. JoAnne Lam a Specialist Endodontist joined our clinic in 2007 to provide expert root canal treatment for an ever burgeoning clientele. In 2008 Dr. Glaphyra Lim joined our clinic and together Lam Dental Surgery aims to provide the highest standard of straight forward, trustworthy dental care to our patients.

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