Tooth Crowns and Dental Bridges to Repair and Replace
Our primary concern is to help you keep your teeth for as long as possible, to maintain that sunny smile.
One way to support teeth is to attach a crown. Crowns can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left, or cover a dental implant. They can also be used to attach a bridge, if the natural tooth is too weak to support it. Sometimes a crown is recommended as a way to cover teeth that are discoloured or badly shaped.
Crowns can be made of various alloys, composites, ceramics, even gold.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking, as well as in smiling. Bridges can help by alleviating stress in your bite and maintaining the shape of your face by replacing missing teeth.
Sometimes called a ‘fixed partial denture’, a bridge made of artificial teeth is bonded to surrounding teeth. If the teeth supporting the bridge are unsound, an implant bridge can be used to attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw under the gum tissue. Implants are more expensive than traditional bridges.
The bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials so that it is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
A dental crown procedure usually takes two dental visits, usually two weeks apart. Each visit will take around 50 to 90 minutes each.
A dental crown, when properly maintained, can last up to 15 years. However, if a dental crown is taken optimal care of, it can last 20 to 30 years.
A dental crown treatment involves 2 dental visits.
In the first appointment, the dentist will numb the tooth area, and then shape the tooth. Then they will either use a state of the art intra-oral scanner to create digital impressions or take physical impressions of your teeth and send them out to a lab. In the meantime, the dentist will probably install a temporary crown.
In the second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown. They will reassure that the new crown fits and looks correct in your mouth. If the crown looks right, the dentist will use local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and cement the new crown in place.
A crown is used to cover and support a tooth with a large filling, or to cover a dental implant. In some cases, crowns are used to attach a bridge if the natural tooth is unable to support it. Crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes, and are an effective way of covering teeth that are discoloured, uneven, or badly shaped. They can be made of a variety of materials, including ceramics, gold, and composites.
Bridges are made of artificial teeth, which are bonded to the surrounding teeth. The bridge acts as a support and can be used to attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw. They are helpful in alleviating stress in the bite and can even maintain the shape of your face by replacing missing teeth. Bridges may be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
If you would like more information about crowns or bridges, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.