Crowns & Bridges
The Dental Crown Solution
A crown – sometimes referred to as a cap – is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to itsoriginal shape and size. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth coloured crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and colour or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
Reasons for crowns:
A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments.
|1: Before the procedure
The dentist makes a first evalusation and takes one or more x-rays of the area to prepare for the procedure and typically takes a mould used to create the custom crown.
|2: Tooth prepatation
While your teeth are numb, the natural tooth or adjacent teeth to the missing gap is given minor preparation or adjustments. A teeth impression is made and sent off to the dental laboratory to be made. A temporary crown or bridge is attached.
|3: Attaching The new Crown
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
|4: End result
The end result is a new tooth or gap replacement. Care for your new crowns and bridges is required in brushing and flossing should be done as recommended by your dentist.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed to specially prepared teeth. These teeth are usually the teeth either end of a gap. They are made form the same materials as dental crowns. A dental bridge is used to bridge a gap (missing teeth) between healthy teeth. Teeth on either side of the gap are reshaped and reduced in size. These then act as anchors, or abutments. The dental bridge is attached to these anchor teeth – filling the missing tooth or teeth space.
Benefits of dental bridges
Dental bridges are very quick, easy and painless to do. They can stop teeth from drifting into gaps. They will improve function, bite, chewing, cosmetics and help filling out the face where you have lost teeth.
What are dental bridges made from?
Dental bridges are usually made of:
- Metal alloy bonded to porcelain. Good strong traditional dental bridges.
- Porcelain bridges. For a natural appearance porcelain bridges or ceramic bridges give the best aesethic results.
How long do dental bridges last?
You need to look after dental bridges with the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth. Providing you maintain a good oral hygiene program, good diet and attend regular dental check-ups, a high quality dental bridge can last 10-15 years or longer.