Specialised branch of prosthodontics that deals with replacement of missing tooth/teeth with a prosthesis that is cemented in place.

Who can get a FPD done?

One or two missing teeth with healthy gums and suitable adjacent (abutment) teeth with patient who is well motivated and compliant to maintenance of oral hygiene.

What are the benefits of FPD?

  • Restores function & mastication
  • Restores esthetics
  • Maintain integrity of dental arch
  • Support treatment of problems concerned with TMJ.


Also called as a “cap, it completely encircles a tooth.

When to give crowns?
  • In cases of large restorations
  • To strengthen teeth after a root canal treatment
  • To protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
  • For cosmetic or functional reasons to improve tooth appearance, shape or alignment.
Crowns can be made of Porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic to match the color of natural teeth or of other materials like metal alloys and acrylic.

Bridge (FPD)

Unlike crowns which are single units, a bridge is made up of 2 or more units. It may be recommended:
  • if one or more teeth are missing
  • where implants cannot be done
  • where cost is a consideration
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth. As with crowns, there is a choice of materials for bridges.

What are the materials used for crowns and bridges?

All metal (nickel chromium), metal ceramic and all ceramic (zirconia, lithium disilicate porcelain or leucite reinforced porcelain) are some of the widely used materials for making crowns and bridges.
All ceramic crowns are metal free caps that do not contain any metal and are made of high strength ceramic. They can be made of zirconia, lithium disilicate porcelain or leucite reinforced porcelain. They can best mimic natural tooth appearance and are best for anterior teeth, at the same time they are durable enough for posterior teeth too.

Benefits of All Ceramic Crowns (Metal free crowns)

  • Most natural appearance, can duplicate natural shine and shade of teeth.
  • No risk of allergic reactions in gums.
  • Best blending near gums, no dark line seen near the gums.
  • Ceramic is less sensitive to hot and cold extremes of temperature.
At SSCDS Dental Clinics, we can help you make the choice, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, load on that tooth, aesthetic considerations, and cost.